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9/30/2014
Comal ISD employees, students ready to Knock Out Breast Cancer

Comal ISD employees are ready to “Knock Out Breast Cancer” during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Breast cancer survivors (l-r) Charlotte Muniz, Community Education Project Manager, Cheryl Monroe, Purchasing Specialist, Joni Coker, Executive Director of Elementary ... (Read More)

9/24/2014
Doctors, dentists and detectives: First-grade Career Day at Hoffmann Lane Elementary

First-grade Career Day at Hoffmann Lane Elementary produced some interesting young professionals.

After a week in which different community members from the workplace such as doctors, dentists, and even a detective visited Hoffmann Lane Elementary to talk to students, the kids got into ... (Read More)

9/24/2014
Hooked on Learning at Johnson Ranch Elementary

Johnson Ranch Elementary students and faculty recently participated in the Annual Bulverde Jubilee for the first time.  

This event challenged local schools to design a float to enter in the parade.  

JRES came up with the theme “Hooked” on Learning as st... (Read More)

9/23/2014
Comal ISD Transportation Incentive Committee delivers innovative ideas

Comal ISD transportation director Gus Rodriguez had employee recruitment and retention in mind when he came up with the idea of forming a “Transportation Incentive Committee.”

What transpired when a group of the district’s bus drivers collaborated over the summer turne... (Read More)

9/22/2014
Healthy tips as flu season approaches

As flu season approaches in Texas (officially beginning Oct. 1), hand washing is very important in the prevention and spreading of germs. 

Please encourage and instruct your children to wash his/her hands after using the restroom and before meals. Germs (Viruses and bacteria that a... (Read More)

9/22/2014
Comal ISD School Board Lowers Tax Rate by $.04

Driven by increased appraisal values, as well as a desire to pay off $6.5 million of debt early and save $1.5 million in interest payments, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees on September 18 officially set the debt service tax rate at $.35, a $.04 decrease from the previous rate of $.39. The board a... (Read More)

9/22/2014
USAF Capt. returns from Afghanistan to surprise his son and daughter at Comal ISD campuses

Comal ISD knows how to throw a homecoming party for the brave Americans fighting for our freedom.

United States Air Force Capt. James Harris got to experience that feeling twice in the span of two hours.

First, Indian Springs fifth-grade student Jaden Harris was proudly introd... (Read More)

9/19/2014
Science matters at Specht Elementary

Students in Kay Lindsey’s class at Specht Elementary think science matters.

In fact, fourth-grade students recently concluded a lesson studying the properties of matter such as physical and chemical properties, and different states of matter like solids, liquids and gases.

... (Read More)
9/19/2014
Principal’s Book of the Month at Bill Brown Elementary

One of Bill Brown Elementary principal Sarah Permenter’s goals for the 2014-2015 school year is to read to all 32 classes every month at BBES. 

“For the Principal’s Book of the Month, I have selected books that focus on core values, special events, or are simply o... (Read More)

9/19/2014
It’s never too early to learn important art lessons in Comal ISD

Kindergarten students in Lizette Floyd’s art classes at Bill Brown Elementary recently worked on developing hand orientation, placement and spacing of various lines.

This lesson is the foundation for building shapes, constructing letters, patterns and designs with lines in art.(Read More)

9/18/2014
Comal ISD holds 2014 summer graduation ceremony

The numbers may have been small, but the impact was huge as five Comal ISD students received their diplomas after summer graduation. A ceremony was held during prior to the September 18 Comal ISD School Board meeting in New Braunfels.

 “Tonight, we celebrate you and your acco... (Read More)

9/18/2014
Empty Bowls fundraiser raises $12,500 for Canyon Lake Food Pantry

What started out as students at several Comal ISD campuses receiving bowls to use as a canvas during art class turned into a fundraiser that netted the Canyon Lake Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) Food Pantry $12,500.

The artwork of students from Mountain Valley, Startzvi... (Read More)

9/15/2014
Honoring Sgt. Thomas Spitzer: Active or retired military members to receive free admission to CHS Homecoming game Friday Sept. 19

Comal ISD and Canyon High School will honor Marine Sgt. Thomas Spitzer, a 2009 CHS graduate who was killed in action in Afghanistan in June, during the school’s homecoming game on September 19. 

All active or retired military members will receive free admission to the game ag... (Read More)

9/11/2014
Spurs Coyote visits Indian Springs Elementary to help kick-start leadership program

Indian Springs Elementary celebrated the fact the campus was awarded a “The Leader in Me” grant this school year with a pep rally on September 9.

Based on Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” “The Leader in Me” produces tra... (Read More)

9/8/2014
State Representative Doug Miller visits Canyon Lake High for announcement

Doug Miller, District 73 State Representative, and his wife Anne pose at midfield with Canyon Lake High principal Corbee Wunderlich before the Hawks’ 43-14 varsity football victory over Smithville on Sept. 5.

An announcement was made that the water tower near the school would soon... (Read More)

9/8/2014
Grandparents Day Celebrations a hit in Comal ISD

Visitors are traveling from all over Texas and far beyond to be a part of Comal ISD’s of Grandparents Day celebrations.

At many of Comal ISD’s campuses, grandparents were invited to eat either breakfast or lunch with their grandchildren, and visit classrooms afterward. ... (Read More)

9/5/2014
Comal ISD tops statewide graduation, Distinguished Plan Diploma rates by wide margin

Comal ISD is still brimming with pride one month after the Texas Education Agency released its 2014 Accountability Summary.

The district received 29 overall Distinction Designations and all 28 of Comal ISD’s campuses were rated “Met Standard” by TEA. In 2014, TEA gave ... (Read More)

9/4/2014
Two Canyon High graduates thriving as first-year teachers in Comal ISD

From the time she was a 4th-grader in Karen Whitman’s classroom at Comal Elementary in 2002, Jorie Mueller knew she wanted to be a teacher.

“I remember Mrs. Whitman asked us a question when I was in her class,” Mueller said. “She asked us what we would... (Read More)

9/2/2014
Bill Brown Elementary principal recognized for attending Harvard Leadership Program

Brown Elementary principal Sarah Permenter was selected to attend the weeklong prestigious Harvard Leadership Program over the summer. She was recognized at the August 28 Comal ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

The Harvard Leadership Program included 150 principals from 42 states and nine ... (Read More)

8/29/2014
Comal ISD Board of Trustees Approves Early Payoff $6.5 Million of Debt

At its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees voted to pay off $6.5 million in bond debt early, saving taxpayers approximately $1.5 million in interest.

“One of the things that we heard during the previous bond election was the concern about th... (Read More)

8/29/2014
Comal ISD celebrates enrollment of 20,000th student

When Raquel Simpson’s family moved to Comal ISD this summer, she was apprehensive about how her daughter would handle the move to a new school – Rebecca Creek Elementary.

It turns out Simpson had absolutely nothing to worry about. Her daughter, 5th grader Alexis B... (Read More)

8/29/2014
Comal ISD receives Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Comal ISD’s Business Services Department by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual finance report (CAFR) for the 2013 financial a... (Read More)

8/26/2014
Comal ISD celebrates first day of school in rapidly-growing district

Comal ISD hit the back-to-school trail running as students and parents flocked to the district’s campuses in record numbers.

Comal ISD is expected to eclipse the historic 20,000-student mark this week.

Sherri Painter, who teaches Audio/Video Production and Graphic Design... (Read More)

8/25/2014
Comal ISD employees enthusiastically take Ice Bucket Challenge

Employees across Comal ISD took the Ice Bucket Challenge over the past week to promote awareness of the disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

The challenge, which has raised nearly $80 million to date to combat ALS, dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice... (Read More)

8/21/2014
Record Comal ISD enrollment means increased importance on driver safety around students

For the first time in Comal ISD’s 58-year history, enrollment numbers will eclipse the 20,000 mark when students head back to school on August 26.

“It’s a very exciting time in our district and we’re looking forward to the first day of school on Tuesday,” s... (Read More)

8/12/2014
Blizzard battle for charity: CHS vs. NBHS at Landa Dairy Queen Thursday, Aug. 14; Cougar coaches serving from 1-2 p.m.

Once again Canyon High School coaches will be taking on the New Braunfels High coaches to see who can sell the most Blizzards in an hour at the Dairy Queen on Landa Street in New Braunfels on Thursday, August 14.

The defending champion Canyon High coaches will serve from 1-2 p.m., while... (Read More)

8/12/2014
Ten Comal ISD students to begin Youth Leadership New Braunfels program

Ten Canyon High School students are among the roster for the Youth Leadership New Braunfels Class of 2015.

The class is made up of New Braunfels-area students who will be sophomores and juniors during 2014-15.

The students will meet once per month for six hours from October-Ap... (Read More)

8/7/2014
Bartlett appointed to Comal ISD School Board

Marty Bartlett was appointed to the Comal ISD Board of Trustees on August 7 by a unanimous 6-0 vote.

Bartlett will represent Single Member District 6 (SMD-6). The seat was formerly held by David Spencer, who resigned from the School Board in June because he moved out of the district.(Read More)

8/7/2014
Comal ISD announces plan to increase student, parent, community involvement at athletic events

Comal ISD is pleased to announce that starting with the 2014-15 school year all student-athletes will receive free entry into all of the district’s home sporting events at the middle and high school level.

All of the other students can pay $10 at their campus, which will allow the... (Read More)

8/7/2014
Comal ISD earns many Distinction Designations, shines in 2014 TEA Accountability Summary

      Comal ISD proved on August 7 what its students and parents already knew – the school district is an excellent learning environment.

     The Texas Education Agency released its “2014 Accountability Summary” and all 28 of Co... (Read More)

8/7/2014
Comal ISD teachers, administrators learn useful classroom and campus tools at Langford training

Quality learning and leadership in the classroom is something every campus should strive for.

This summer, many of Comal ISD’s administrators and teachers have spent a week focusing on those concepts and many more David P. Langford has built on since he began working to improve cl... (Read More)

8/5/2014
CHS varsity volleyball team earns national academic honor for third straight year

 

Once again Canyon High School proved it has some of the smartest volleyball players in the country.

The 2013-14 CHS varsity volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. It was the third straight year the Cougarettes have... (Read More)

8/5/2014
Meet-and-greet with new CHS Coach Moczygemba draws large crowd

The Cougar Den gymnasium was filled with parents, students and community members during a meet-and-greet event on August 4.

The guest of honor was new Canyon High head football coach and athletic coordinator Joe Moczygemba, who was hired on July 31. Moczygemba spent the previous 21 seas... (Read More)

8/4/2014
New CHS head coach gets a look at future Cougar football players

New Canyon High head football coach and athletic coordinator Joe Moczygemba got his first look at the athletes who will be aiming to play in the future under the Friday night lights.

On August 4, more than 200 incoming 7th, 8th and 9th-grade students hit... (Read More)

7/31/2014
Joe Moczygemba Named Canyon High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator

Longtime Smithson Valley assistant coach Joe Moczygemba was named the new athletic coordinator and head football coach for Canyon High School at a meeting of the Board of Trustees held this evening. The position opened after former athletic coordinator and head coach Matthew Elliot resigned to ta... (Read More)

8/6/2014
Comal ISD Fall New Student Registration Starts Aug. 6

July 31, 2014 – Registration for students new to Comal ISD for the 2014-15 school year will be held at each district campus on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Parents can find out what campus their child atte... (Read More)

7/28/2014
Bricks 4 Kidz program combines LEGOs and learning

There’s a good chance a childhood memory from adults now in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond includes LEGOs.

LEGOs have evolved through the years, from wooden interlocking bricks, to kits with movie themes such as “Star Wars” and “Toy Story.”

In the... (Read More)

7/14/2014
Melon Run on August 23 will once again benefit SVHS cross-country team

The Smithson Valley High cross-country team will once again sponsor the Melon Run on Saturday, August 23.

The race is open to anyone who would like to run or walk the 5K (1 mile for elementary students) at the SVHS track. Starting time is 8 a.m., and participants can register at the eve... (Read More)

7/10/2014
Comal ISD students rock D.C. during July 4th celebration

Once again students representing all three of Comal ISD’s comprehensive high schools were among an impressive pack on July 4.

More than 30 incoming 9th-grade students carried the 50-foot tall Caillou balloon in the Washington D.C. National Independence Day Parade down C... (Read More)

7/9/2014
Goodwin Frazier Elementary recognized by TEA as a Reward School for High Progress

Goodwin Frazier Elementary School has been identified by the Texas Education Agency as one of only 10 Title I campuses in Region 13 as a Reward School for High Progress.  

To be eligible for Reward School identification, 79 percent of students in each student group (African America... (Read More)

7/8/2014
Comal ISD SACC program leads students down path of world champion Spurs during summer field trip

A dozen Comal ISD students walked the exact same path as the world champion San Antonio Spurs did less than a month before.

Several students in the district’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program were selected to receive basketballs from the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars players ... (Read More)

7/8/2014
Comal ISD School Board Seeks Trustee to Fill Vacant Position

July 8, 2014 – The Comal ISD School Board is accepting applications for Single-Member District six (SMD-6), previously held by David Spencer. Spencer resigned during the June 26 Board meeting after seven years of service due to an impending out-of-district move.

A... (Read More)

7/7/2014
Camp Invention brings out creative ability in students

If you had a tendency to break things as a kid just to see what was inside and then spent the rest of the day trying to put all the parts back together again Camp Invention would have been a perfect place to spend a week during the summer.

The first of three Comal ISD Camp Inventions ra... (Read More)

6/30/2014
Carolyn Caruso Named new Principal at Goodwin Frazier Elementary

June 30, 2014 – At its June 26 meeting, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Carolyn Caruso as the new principal for Goodwin Frazier Elementary. Caruso takes over for Cheryl Lucas, who announced her retirement in May.

Caruso currently serves as a... (Read More)

6/30/2014
Michael Wahl Named new Principal at Smithson Valley High School

June 30, 2014 – At its June 26 meeting, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Michael Wahl as the new principal for Smithson Valley High School. Wahl takes over for John Montelongo, who was named Executive Director for Secondary Education in May.

... (Read More)

6/23/2014
Students flock to Junior Deputy Academy

There’s a good chance some of the next generation of Comal County law officers and local leaders will come from this summer’s Junior Deputy Academy.

The Junior Deputy Academy is a free five-day camp organized by the Comal County Sheriff’s Department catering to local y... (Read More)

6/18/2014
District-wide growth results in portable classrooms at Canyon, Smithson Valley middle schools

Portable classrooms are currently being uprooted from Smithson Valley High as well as Bill Brown and Specht elementary schools. They will be delivered to Canyon and Smithson Valley middle schools for use beginning in August.

“Using portable classrooms is always a last resort,&rdqu... (Read More)

6/16/2014
Porter hired as new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Academic Services

Dr. Jennifer Porter has been hired as Comal ISD’s new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Academic Services. The school board unanimously approved the hire during a workshop on June 12.

She replaces Dr. Annette Villerot, who took a position with Pflugerville ISD in early Ju... (Read More)

6/11/2014
Canyon High Air Force JROTC program flying high, receives top rating during evaluation

The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and student cadets of Canyon High School earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest rating attainable during their unit evaluation for the 2013-14 school year. The evaluation, performed by Air Force JROTC Region 5 ... (Read More)

6/9/2014
Caps and tassels fly high as Comal ISD graduates more than 1,200 seniors

Comal ISD's biggest graduation day was a huge success, as its three comprehensive high schools held ceremonies on June 7 at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.

Canyon High started the pomp and circumstance in the morning when 460 seniors crossed the stage. Smithson Valley High followed ... (Read More)

5/8/2014
A Vision for Comal ISD

“The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it. VISION will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve excellence. Only VISION allows us to transform dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement th... (Read More)

6/2/2014
Canyon Middle School wins Name That Book Bowl

For the second consecutive year, Canyon Middle School won the “Travis Lamb Memorial Name That Book Bowl.”

Students from all five Comal ISD middle schools competed in a question and answer contest simultaneously on May 27.

There were four rounds consisting of 20 questions each abou... (Read More)

6/2/2014
SVHS, SVMS and TPES ranked by statewide nonprofit agency

CHILDREN AT RISK, a statewide nonprofit agency, has researched and ranked public schools from six counties in the Greater San Antonio area.

The top-10 high schools and top-5 elementary and middle schools were announced at a press conference recently and Comal ISD’s Smithson Valley High, ... (Read More)

5/30/2014
Students show off their writing skills at Garden Ridge Elementary Young Author’s Celebration

Writing skills were on full display May 30 at Garden Ridge Elementary School’s Young Author’s Celebration.

A state representative, as well as many public figures, key community leaders and family members visited the campus to celebrate the event.

Students in grades 3-5 spent sev... (Read More)

5/30/2014
More than 1,200 Comal ISD seniors ready for graduation week

Comal Independent School District is celebrating the accomplishments of more than 1,200 seniors this year during “graduation week.”

Comal Academy, the district’s self-paced campus, will start the pomp and circumstance on Wednesday, June 4, at 6 p.m., in the Canyon Lake High School Perfor... (Read More)

5/29/2014
Many historical figures at Freiheit Elementary Living Museum

Benjamin Franklin was there, so was Thomas Jefferson and Lady Bird Johnson. They were all part of Freiheit Elementary School’s Living Museum.

Students in Elizabeth Adams’ social studies class chose and dressed as a historical figure and the museum came to life in front of parents, faculty... (Read More)

5/27/2014
Hall, Howell named National Merit Scholars

Canyon High School’s Heather Hall and Smithson Valley High School’s Skyler Howell received notice recently they were two of only 8,000 students nationwide to be named National Merit Scholars.

This designation is based on performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualif... (Read More)

5/23/2014
Canyon Lake High, Canyon Middle winners in 2014 Comal ISD Algebra Bowl

Canyon Lake High and Canyon Middle schools are the 2014 Comal ISD Algebra Bowl champions.

 

In an event formatted like NCAA basketball’s “March Madness,” teams from around the district squared off round by round until only two remained. Canyon Middle bea... (Read More)

5/23/2014
District's newest School Board members officially sworn in Comal ISD’s newest Board of Trustees members were officially sworn in by Laura Ayala, Superintendent's Office Executive Assistant, at the regularly scheduled May 22 Board Meeting held at Comal ISD’s Support Services Building. Pictured (l-r) are Laurie Schley, Dr. Denise Kern and Ayala. Schley repres... (Read More)
5/20/2014
Allan Miller named to lead Canyon High hoops program

Allan Miller said he considers the students and faculty at Canyon High family.

On May 20 it was made clear the feeling is mutual as Miller was named head boys varsity basketball coach.

Miller, who has been an assistant coach at CHS two times during his career, takes over for Brad ... (Read More)

5/19/2014
First graduating class at Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School ready to step into the future

On his first day of school at Comal ISD’s brand new Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School (ACMECHS) in 2010, then freshman Cory Gonzales didn’t know a single one of his classmates.

Four years has made quite a difference. Gonzales now considers his peers and the faculty at ACME... (Read More)

5/16/2014
Rahe Bulverde Elementary celebrates Diverse Abilities Day Rahe Bulverde Elementary celebrated "Diverse Abilities Day" recently. Students had the opportunity to visit interactive stations where they had hands-on experiences learning about diverse abilities. At these stations, students had the opportunity to navigate a wheel chair, write their name in Brail... (Read More)
5/16/2014
Partnership between Eden Hill makes Freiheit Friends a success

Freiheit Friends is a monthly partnership between Eden Hill Communities and teacher Nigel Nesmith's 2nd-grade class. Alisha Stults, one of the activity directors at Eden Hill, brings four residents to Freiheit one Friday each month.

“It all started when my grandmother moved from Missouri t... (Read More)

5/16/2014
Covey’s Seven Habits on full display at Timberwood Park Elementary leadership day

If Stephen Covey would have stumbled upon Timberwood Park before writing his worldwide bestseller, he might have renamed it “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Elementary Students.”

A “The Leader in Me” grant has helped turn Timberwood Park Elementary into a model campus.

Based on C... (Read More)

5/16/2014
Comal ISD’s campus Teachers of the Year honored at banquet

All of Comal ISD’s campus Teachers of the Year were honored at a banquet on May 15 at the Milltown Historic District in New Braunfels.

Comal ISD’s campus teachers of the year in 2013-14 include:

Kristen Lueck (Bill Brown Elem.); Heather Shikoski (Clear Spring Elem.); Sandra Plumb ... (Read More)

5/15/2014
Fifty seniors recognized at Comal Education Foundation’s Heckendorn Academic Banquet

The top 15 seniors at Canyon, Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake High schools, as well as the top five seniors from the first graduating class at Alamo Colleges-Early College High School, were honored at the Comal Education Foundation’s Jan Heckendorn Academic Recognition Banquet May 13 at the McKen... (Read More)

5/15/2014
SBMS students raise more than $1,000 for Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute

Spring Branch Middle held a fundraiser “Dessert Theater” recently to coincide with the SBMS theater department’s One Act play performance, “The Anatomy of Gray.”

Teacher Troy Mann’s GT students produced a pre-show dessert dining experience. They turned the SBMS atrium and cafeteria into ... (Read More)

5/10/2014
Comal ISD School Board Election Results Click on the link below to see the results from the Comal ISD Board Election.... (Read More)
5/9/2014
Many future professions to choose from at Morningside Elementary Career Fair

Students at Morningside Elementary received an up close and personal lesson on many potential jobs they might pursue in the future at the school’s Career Fair on May 9.

Representatives from places such as the United States Postal Service, and the New Braunfels Police Department, Park Rang... (Read More)

5/9/2014
Students earn state recognition in Duke University Talent Program

Thirteen Comal ISD middle school students received statewide recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

The program recognizes those who perform at an exceptionally high level when taking the SAT or ACT college entrance exam as 7th graders.

The program’s mi... (Read More)

5/8/2014
Campuses across Comal ISD celebrate Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Campuses across Comal ISD celebrated Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week May 5-9. On Monday, superintendent Andrew Kim and the Comal ISD Board of Trustees sponsored a yogurt and fruit bar at all 28 campuses.

At Oak Creek Elementary, Comal ISD’s “Traveling Grill” and Chef Mario Perez treat... (Read More)

5/5/2014
Hoffmann Lane Elementary repeats as Battle of the Bluebonnet Books champs

When it comes to bluebonnets, Hoffmann Lane Elementary is tough to beat. We’re not talking about the state flower that beautified most Central Texas hillsides this year, but the 20 Bluebonnet Books, which were selected in 2013-14.

For the second straight year, Hoffmann Lane Elementary Sc... (Read More)

5/5/2014
CHS senior Dominique Tilly signs national letter of intent to continue track career at TCU

When Dominique Tilly decided to take up running during her freshman year at Canyon High School, her goal was to discover a new sport she hopefully would enjoy.

Fast-forward four years later, and Tilly has become one of the most prolific distance runners in the history of Canyon High, brea... (Read More)

5/2/2014
Comal ISD School Board is Focused on the Future

If you want to know why we should be ever so mindful about the future, think about this for a moment: our students who started kindergarten this school year will be graduating in 2026.

None of us know for certain what the world will be like 12 years from now. When today’s kindergartener... (Read More)

5/1/2014
Tech and Art Showcases draw big crowds at CLHS and SVHS; final showcase at CHS on May 14

Works from some of Comal ISD’s most creative minds were on display as the first of the district Technology and Art Showcases took place on April 30 at Canyon Lake High.

Smithson Valley High followed as hundreds of spectators filled the campus for showcases on May 7.

Parents, as well as... (Read More)

4/27/2014
Record numbers at Comal ISD’s STAR track and field meet

A record 116 athletes from Comal ISD middle and high schools who competed in the STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) season-ending track and field meet at Canyon High on April 28 had an excellent stage to show off a culmination of weeks of training.

A morning of perfec... (Read More)

4/27/2014
Comal ISD Technology, Art Showcases kickoff April 30 at Canyon Lake High

Comal ISD's popular Technology Showcases will be held April 30 (Canyon Lake High), May 7 (Smithson Valley High), and May 14 (Canyon High).

Last year, more than 3,000 students, parents, faculty and community members attended the three Comal ISD Technology Showcases.

In addition to ... (Read More)

4/25/2014
Early Voting for Comal ISD Board Election starts April 28; Election Day May 10

Early voting for the Comal ISD Board of Trustees Single Member Districts No. 3 and 4 will begin on April 28, 2014 and end May 6, 2014 to elect two (2) trustees for a full three-year term. Election day is May 10.

Incumbent Jason York, Ken Adkins, and Laurie Schley are seeking election to t... (Read More)

4/25/2014
Teachers to receive an average 4.7 percent raise in 2014-15

The Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved an average 4.7 percent raise for teachers in the district during the 2014-15 school year during their regular meeting on April 24.

In addition, the salary of first year teachers in the district was increased to $45,000, up from $42,000 in 2013-14.<... (Read More)

4/24/2014
SVHS senior Mallory Mulder is the 2014 Fiesta Teen Queen Smithson Valley High senior Mallory Mulder is serving as the 2014 Fiesta Teen Queen. She participated in the River Parade, Fiesta Flambeau, and the Battle of Flowers. Mulder also visited Rahe Bulverde and Kinder Ranch elementary schools to talk to students about the history of Fiesta in San Antonio.... (Read More)
4/23/2014
CISD Standard Response Protocol ... (Read More)
4/23/2014
CISD Safety at a Glance ... (Read More)
4/23/2014
Comal ISD Safety and Security FAQs ... (Read More)
4/14/2014
Smithson Valley High's Margaret Edmonson, Freiheit's Sandra Plumb district Teachers of the Year

Smithson Valley High’s Margaret Edmonson and Freiheit Elementary School’s Sandra Plumb are the Comal ISD 2013-14 Teachers of the Year.

Edmonson and Plumb were first nominated by being named Teacher of the Year at their campus. Edmonson earned the secondary-level district honor and Plumb e... (Read More)

4/17/2014
Lights, Camera, Action! – Canyon Lake High student-created film advances to UIL State Finals

The Canyon Lake High Audio Video Production class continues to thrive.

A team of students in teacher Sherri Painter’s classroom created a short narrative film titled “When Worlds Collide.” It advanced to the State Finals in the “2014 Focus: The UIL Young Filmmakers Festival.”

In... (Read More)

4/14/2014
Technology Showcases near as Smithson Valley Middle student wins logo contest

In the five-year history of the Comal ISD Technology Showcase logo contest, no middle school student had won top honors.

That fact changed recently as Smithson Valley Middle School 8th-grade student James Guyon’s logo beat out nearly 900 other student entries around the district. Students... (Read More)

4/11/2014
Member of Comal ISD family to be honored at 2014 Fight For Air Run/Walk at Sea World April 26

All Comal ISD employees, students and their families are invited to sign up for the 2014 Fight For Air Run/Walk at Sea World in San Antonio.

This year's Fight for Air Run/Walk San Antonio-area honoree is Channel Williams, who was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma lung cancer in October.

... (Read More)

4/11/2014
Startzville Elementary Jump Rope for Heart event raises $7,231

The Startzville Elementary School Jump Rope for Heart event raised $7,231 for the American Heart Association.

In return for the hard work of the students and the Startzville community generosity, US Games awarded STZES with $300 in gift certificates to be used to purchase Physical Educatio... (Read More)

4/7/2014
CHS student receives Superior rating at State Visual Art Scholastic Event

Canyon High senior Sylvia Picazo received a rating of 4 which is considered “Superior” at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event held on April 5 at Bryan High School.

Her metal sculpture “The Park” (pictured) was created in CHS art teacher Veronica McClanahan’s Jewelry II classroom. There w... (Read More)

4/7/2014
Johnson Ranch Elementary students create Samurai art in preparation for district’s Art Showcases

When Jennifer Baker visited the San Antonio Museum of Art’s “Art of the Samurai Warrior” exhibit in the fall it inspired a classroom project.

Baker, the art teacher at Johnson Ranch Elementary School, had her 5th-grade students embark on an activity where they learned about the Samurai, t... (Read More)

4/3/2014
Mountain Valley Middle girls soccer team symbolizes value of new middle school sports

To talk with Mountain Valley Middle School girls soccer players and their coach Susannah Henderson, some folks might think the team went undefeated during their inaugural season.

In reality, the squad didn’t win a game.

Comal ISD added three middle school sports at the 8th-grade l... (Read More)

4/1/2014
Comal ISD community comes together for Jonas family during Canyon High’s SPUD Week

It’s not difficult to see how Canyon High’s SPUD (Students Performing Unselfish Deeds) Week shattered previous fundraising records.

SPUD Week, which concluded on March 28, was very personal for many Comal ISD students, faculty and community members.

More than $16,300 was raised fo... (Read More)

4/1/2014
Comal ISD teachers Dancing with the STAAR before students around district begin testing

Kellie Pickler and Amber Riley have nothing on a group of Clear Spring Elementary teachers.

Pickler and Riley, the past two winners on the television hit Dancing with the Stars, may be in for some competition as CSES teachers put on their own version of Dancing with the STAAR on March 27.... (Read More)

4/1/2014
Dr. Judy Murray among National Distinguished Principal Finalists

Ten Texas principals, including Comal ISD’s own Dr. Judy Murray of Kinder Ranch Elementary, were recently selected as Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) Finalists.

The award recipient will be announced in May during a surprise school visit.

That principal will receive $... (Read More)

3/27/2014
Twenty Newcombe Tennis Ranch scholarships offered to incoming 6th-grade students

Through Comal ISD’s partnership with John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, the district will once again be awarding 20 scholarships to students in Comal ISD to attend one of seven weeklong tennis camps this summer valued at $750.

Who is eligible?

Incoming 6th-grade Studen... (Read More)

3/24/2014
Canyon High School Aristocats Dance Team undefeated this season

The Canyon High School Aristocats Dance Team was undefeated this season, beating a total of 62 teams in various competitions, most recently at the Champion Dance Nationals held at Texas State University on March 22.

“Please help me in congratulating the team on their 13th national tit... (Read More)

3/24/2014
First Comal ISD Chess Tournament a hit

The first Comal ISD Chess Tournament was a resounding success, with more than 250 students from across the district making moves and countermoves playing one of the world’s most popular games.

Students in grades K-12 participated in the event at Smithson Valley High on March 22, which was... (Read More)

3/24/2014
SBMS students discover minerals thanks to Comal Education Foundation Grant

Thanks to a Comal Education Foundation Grant, students in science classes at Spring Branch Middle School were rich in minerals during a recent lesson.

Minerals purchased with the grant have been used in several different lessons, including the Mohs scale of mineral hardness test.

... (Read More)

3/24/2014
Kinder students at HLES enjoy Rodeo Day and Stick Horse Parade

Kindergarten students at Hoffmann Lane Elementary enjoyed their annual Rodeo Day and Stick Horse Parade on March 21.

After creating stick horses, students got to show them off by parading down the campus hallways.

The students then participated in stick horse relays, practiced t... (Read More)

3/20/2014
Comal ISD dominates Region 13 math contest

Students in Lisa Blundon’s 3rd-grade classroom at Indian Springs Elementary weren’t intimidated when they entered a regional math contest for the first time.

In fact, ISES finished in first place in Sumdog’s Region 13 Math Contest.

Fellow Comal ISD schools, Startzville Elementary... (Read More)

3/20/2014
Students learn physics lesson by building, racing pinewood derby cars at SVMS

Once again 7th-grade students in Bart Cooper and Brian Cosgrove’s science classes at Smithson Valley Middle School learned the physics behind racing pinewood derby cars.

Pinewood derby cars are built out of wood, metal axels and plastic wheels, and have been raced since the first pinewoo... (Read More)

3/20/2014
Check Mate: Inaugural Comal ISD Chess Tournament will take place Saturday at SVHS

Comal ISD will have its own version of March Madness as more than 250 students from 25 campuses will invade the Smithson Valley High School gym for the district’s inaugural chess tournament.

The Comal ISD Chess Tournament on March 22 starts at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. It will ... (Read More)

3/17/2014
National Merit Finalists – two Comal ISD students receive prestigious honor

Canyon High School’s Heather Hall and Smithson Valley High School’s Skyler Howell received notice that they were among only 15,000 of the 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools nationwide to be named National Merit Finalists.

This designation is based on performance on the Preliminary... (Read More)

3/7/2014
Smithson Valley High Navy JROTC team qualifies for Nationals

The Smithson Valley Navy JROTC Unit qualified to represent Area 10, which comprises most of Texas, in the 2014 Navy Nationals Drill Meet. The Navy Nationals, which will be held in April, are a Virtual Competition, with teams competing on their own campus.

A Navy inspector will be pres... (Read More)

3/7/2014
Check the tires please – Morningside Elementary students enjoy Bike Rodeo

Morningside Elementary student bike riders will be safer on the roads and sidewalks this spring break thanks to a recent visit to the campus by several New Braunfels Police Department officers.

The school’s annual Bike Rodeo took place on March 7, as NBPD officers Robert Gardner, Blake Al... (Read More)

3/6/2014
Pre-K program growing stronger in Comal ISD

At Comal ISD, we recognize that early literacy development is critical to help all of our students experience success in school and life. For that reason, we have been hard at work during this past school year to redefine our instructional practices and resources.

This school year alone,... (Read More)

3/6/2014
Helmets and handlebars at Indian Springs Elementary

Thanks to San Antonio Police Department Officer Gordon Keogh and many PTA volunteers, Indian Springs Elementary had a successful Bike Rodeo on March 5.

Officer Keogh checked students’ bicycles for lights or reflectors on the front and back, tire pressure, a safe handle bar and chain, and ... (Read More)

3/6/2014
Local meteorologist visits ISES

John Gerard from News 4 WOAI visited Indian Springs Elementary on March 5 to talk to 3rd-grade and 4th-grade students about the study of meteorology and what it’s like to be a meteorologist.

Gerard drew a map of the U.S. on a whiteboard and listed several climate patterns in different par... (Read More)

3/3/2014
Comal ISD fares well in first Region 13 “Battle of the Books”

The first-ever Region 13 Battle of the Books took place in Austin recently. The competition consisted of 50 questions from the 20 Lone Star books for the present school year.

Comal was well represented with three teams from the district. All of the students did very well and had a wond... (Read More)

3/3/2014
Comal County Youth Livestock Show once again a success More than 500 Comal ISD students participated in the Comal County Youth Livestock Show at the Fairgrounds in New Braunfels Feb. 26-March 1. Months of hard work from students raising their chickens, goats, hogs, lambs, sheep, rabbits and cattle, culminated in a show and sale at the event. Pictured ... (Read More)
3/3/2014
CSES assistant principal visits orphans in Africa, turns trip into an educational experience

Clear Spring Elementary assistant principal Lori McDonald traveled to Africa recently with a group called “Visiting Orphans.”

“We traveled to Rwanda and Ethiopia and visited five orphans/schools, one AIDS hospital, and did several home visits,” McDonald said. “The main purpose of our tri... (Read More)

3/3/2014
Morningside Elementary raises more than $4,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Morningside Elementary raised $4,020.15 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a “Pasta for Pennies” fundraising drive. Monica Carney's 2nd-grade class raised the most money with a total of $364.06. Students in Carney’s class earned San Antonio Spurs and San Antonio Rampage tickets. They will a... (Read More)
2/28/2014
Go Red for Women campaign a success Comal ISD’s ‘Go Red for Women’ challenge concluded recently. This challenge is a staff wellness partnership with the American Heart Association. The campaign continued the district’s Comal FIT health initiative, but also concentrated on February’s Heart Awareness Month. The district engaged in a c... (Read More)
2/28/2014
Students view geographical showcase at Tommy Franks Museum Road Show

Sarah Asher, a 6th-grade student in Ginny Stewart’s social studies class at Spring Branch Middle, inspects a traditional goatskin water carrier and a bushman’s sword from Djibouti, which is located in East Africa.

It was part of the Tommy Franks Museum Road Show that Comal ISD hosted at a... (Read More)

2/28/2014
Look up to find abstract art at CLHS Students in Claudette Cozzi’s Drawing 3 class at Canyon Lake High selected a famous work from Art History, and were assigned to replicate half of the work authentically and then meld their personal style and interpretation as the remaining half on a ceiling tile in Cozzi's classroom. Hailey Johnson ... (Read More)
2/27/2014
Student Transfer Applications for 2014-15 now available on Comal ISD website The 2014-2015 Student Transfer Applications are now available on the Comal ISD Website. Please submit your application, along with the required documents, via email to transfers@comalisd.org or via fax to 830-221-2006 ATTN: Legal Services/Transfers. The application deadline has been extended t... (Read More)
2/27/2014
2014-15 Kindergarten Early Registration to be held March 4-6

All 18 Comal ISD elementary campuses will hold Kindergarten Early Registration on Tuesday, March 4 through Thursday, March 6 from 7:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Each campus will have one evening where parents can register students until at least 6 p.m. Please contact your individual campus f... (Read More)

2/25/2014
Kinder Ranch Elementary will hold 3rd-Annual ‘Race at the Ranch’ April 5

The Kinder Ranch Elementary School PTA is excited to announce that the 3rd-Annual “Race at the Ranch” will take place on Saturday, April 5. This exciting event is comprised of a 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Fun Run and a Health and Activity Fair. It will be held at the KRES campus and the 5K will take r... (Read More)

2/25/2014
SVHS Navy JROTC competes at State Feb. 21-22, the Smithson Valley High School Navy JROTC Unit traveled to Texas A&M University-College Station to compete in the Area State Championship Drill Meet. The Rangers placed fifth out of 17 teams that were all competing for a National bid. Smithson Valley placed second overall in Academics... (Read More)
2/13/2014
Repeat: Local team once again wins San Antonio Mayor’s Cyber Cup

For the second year in a row, an Alamo Academies Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) CyberPatriot team based out of the Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) in New Braunfels was named the winner of the San Antonio Mayor's Cyber Cup.

This year’s winning team is comprised o... (Read More)

2/11/2014
Comal ISD High School Athletic changes – Feb. 11

• CLHS baseball - scrimmage vs. Burnet, moved to Wednesday

• CLHS basketball - V/JV/F vs. Bandera, moved to Wednesday, same time 5:30/7 p.m.

• CLHS boys soccer - game vs. Clemens has been moved to Wednesday 5:30 and 7 p.m. at CLHS

• CLHS girls soccer - game vs. Clemens has... (Read More)

2/11/2014
Terrific SVHS trio makes All-State Band, Choir Smithson Valley High students Andy Thomas and Devyn Richter were recently named to the Class 5A All-State Band and Bailey McLeod made Class 5A All-State Choir. It’s the second straight year Richter, who plays the flute, made the All-State Band. It is the first time Thomas, who plays the bassoon, an... (Read More)
2/11/2014
Canyon High School Latin Club places second in Certamen Tournament The Canyon High School Latin Club placed second in the Certamen Tournament at Reagan High School in San Antonio recently. Certamen is a team-based jeopardy-like competition in which up to four teams compete in different rounds, buzzing in to answer questions about the Latin Language, Greek and Roman... (Read More)
2/11/2014
SVHS student makes her mark at Regional FCCLA Competition, advances to State Students from across the southern region of Texas, who are part of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization, traveled to Corpus Christi to compete in 21 different categories recently. They competed in various categories where participants were tested in their under... (Read More)
2/10/2014
CHS pole vaulter Calie Spencer signs letter of intent with UT-Austin Canyon High pole-vaulter Calie Spencer signed a national letter of intent with UT-Austin on Feb. 7. She holds the CHS school record with a vault of 12-feet, 6-inches. Spencer qualified for the Class 5A UIL State Track and Field Meet in 2013. She is seen here pictured with her Canyon High track and f... (Read More)
2/10/2014
Healthy education for students of all ages

Since 2012, Comal FIT has challenged the district’s students and staff to live healthier lifestyles through exercise and diet. Now, Comal ISD is taking a proactive approach to bringing health instruction into the classroom.

“We want health to be taught systemically, building up from our... (Read More)

2/7/2014
Message from Superintendent Andrew Kim February 7, 2014 Dear Comal ISD Parents, I would like to take this opportunity to address concerns regarding our decision to have school today. First, however, I am pleased to report that all of our buses made their afternoon runs safely, and to our knowledge, all students and staff made it ... (Read More)
2/7/2014
Comal ISD cancels most athletic events scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7 All Comal ISD high school athletic events scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, have been canceled or postponed with the exception of the Smithson Valley at New Braunfels High and Judson High at Canyon High varsity, JV and freshmen basketball games. That includes games scheduled to be played at home or on... (Read More)
2/7/2014
Mid-Texas Symphony to perform at Canyon High PAC Feb. 16 The Mid-Texas Symphony is excited to announce a new venue for their next concert, “We’ve Got Your Bach”, on Sunday, February 16 at 4 p.m. The state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, located at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, will proudly host the fourth concert of the symphony’s 36th season.... (Read More)
2/6/2014
SVHS student Cervantes receives $180,000 Navy ROTC Scholarship Smithson Valley High student Joshua Cervantes was presented with a $180,000 Navy ROTC college scholarship to attend the University of Colorado-Boulder recently. Cervantes is the seventh Navy Junior ROTC cadet at Smithson Valley High to receive a NROTC college scholarship this school year. The ... (Read More)
2/6/2014
OCES joins campuses across Comal ISD to participate in heart-healthy Go Red For Women campaign Oak Creek Elementary has been celebrating the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign by having students participate in different daily activities such as decorating their hallways, talking about the importance of daily exercise to keep their hearts healthy, gardening, planting veg... (Read More)
2/5/2014
SVHS seniors Cozart, Hawes sign to continue track careers at collegiate level Smithson Valley High seniors Anna Cozart and Taylor Hawes both signed letters of intent on National Signing Day. Cozart (Texas Christian University) and Hawes (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) both made their mark as distance runners. They will participate in both cross-country and track and field in coll... (Read More)
2/5/2014
Comal ISD has multiple athletes ink football scholarships on National Signing Day Multiple Comal ISD student-athletes inked letters of intent to continue their football careers at the collegiate level during National Signing Day on Feb. 5. Smithson Valley High had five players sign scholarship offers and Canyon High had two young men ink their names on the dotted line. SVHS’ si... (Read More)
2/3/2014
CHMS Student Council and Comal County 4-H Partner to help Habitat for Humanity Three new Habitat for Humanity homeowners received a special gift of kitchen items to supply their new homes a week recently with the help of the Church Hill Middle School Student Council and Comal County 4-H. CHMS student Helena MacCrossan brought this partnership together. Teacher Tina Hartmann i... (Read More)
2/3/2014
Students at Freiheit Elementary enjoy in-depth science lesson on weather and climate Students in Sean Bowers’ 5th-grade science classes at Freiheit Elementary School have been busy recently discovering many different ways to learn about weather and climate. Students looked at NASA data as well as lab analysis from several different sources on weather patterns. Students also had a c... (Read More)
2/3/2014
Word pattern lesson at CSES builds vocabulary and spelling skills Clear Spring Elementary 4th-grade students Skylar Whisenant (left) and Nicole Reyes are in full concentration mode as they complete a word pattern game in teacher Susanna Johnston’s classroom. Students first sorted their words and were instructed to put them together in different patterns such as n... (Read More)
2/3/2014
Canyon Middle theater students perform at several Comal ISD elementary schools Students from Canyon Middle School theater classes set sail to perform at several Comal ISD elementary schools recently. They performed “No TV,” a play geared toward giving students ideas about other productive ways to spend their free time besides sitting in front of the television. The theater s... (Read More)
2/3/2014
Busy school year for Clear Spring Elementary art students Clear Spring Elementary 1st-grade student Josiah Gutierrez puts the finishing touches on a self-portrait made from crayons, oil pastels and tempera paints. It was one of several projects taking place recently in art teacher Miles Glasscock’s classroom. In addition, students have worked on polar be... (Read More)
1/31/2014
Comal ISD to hold meetings on adoption of instructional materials Jan. 31, 2014— Comal ISD will soon hold “Proclamation 2014” meetings at all three of its comprehensive high schools. The meetings will include information on the adoption of instructional materials for Science K-12, Math K-8, and Technology Applications K-12. The meetings will also include i... (Read More)
1/27/2014
Canyon Lake High student makes All-State Band Canyon Lake High junior Dustin Gonzales was recently named to the Class 3A All-State Band. Gonzales, who plays the clarinet, is one of about 100 Class 3A All-State Band members. The competition started at the district level with more than 12,000 Class 3A band members statewide. “Making the All-Sta... (Read More)
1/27/2014
Canyon High student named to All-State Choir Canyon High junior Raymond Alcantara was recently named to the 2014 Texas All-State Choir. He will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention. All-State studen... (Read More)
1/27/2014
Celebrating Spelling Bee Success at Freiheit Elementary Freiheit Elementary recently held its 7th-Annual Spelling Bee. All third, fourth, and fifth grade students took two spelling tests in their classrooms, and 33 students qualified to compete for best speller. After 12 rigorous rounds, Landon Nealeigh, age 10, took the title of Freiheit Elementary ... (Read More)
1/20/2014
Mountain Valley Middle creates Dream Garden in honor of MLK Day Mountain Valley Middle School student Emily McDonald has always dreamed of becoming a dentist or an orthodontist. Thanks to an MLK Day lesson in teacher Ariel Watson’s class, McDonald’s dreams, as well as those of many of her 8th-grade classmates, will be sealed in a time capsule. The dreams will b... (Read More)
1/20/2014
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1/17/2014
Comal ISD addresses plan to implement House Bill 5

House Bill 5 (HB5) was signed by Governor Rick Perry in 2013. It creates a new graduation plan for all incoming freshmen, beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

“Comal ISD’s main priority is to talk with parents at our scheduled meetings in February and March once the State... (Read More)

1/17/2014
Spring Branch Middle students using giant outdoor chess board Matthew Lambeck (left) and Bryan Robles (right) play a game on Spring Branch Middle’s giant outdoor chess board. The game was played during during Sean Stockwell’s 7th-grade Texas History class. As part of Comal ISD’s district-wide chess initiative, 3rd-grade and 7th-grade students are spending time... (Read More)
1/16/2014
Kinder Ranch Elementary Lego League team wins competition The Kinder Ranch Elementary School Lego League team won first place for its research project at the Lego League competition at Brackenridge High School in San Antonio on January 11. The KRES team was composed of students in grades 3-5. They were competing with many middle school teams, which made ... (Read More)
1/14/2014
SVHS Navy Junior ROTC members receive more than $1 million in scholarships Smithson Valley High School seniors Zach Hutchins, Johnny Potts, Walker Hobson, Sawyer Marshall, Molly Beaufait and Spencer Miller were formally presented Navy Junior ROTC scholarships, each worth $180,000, on January 14 in a presentation held in front of the campus. Navy Scholarship Coordinator Gi... (Read More)
1/13/2014
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1/10/2014
Two Comal ISD school board seats up for election The annual Comal ISD board of trustees’ election will be held Saturday, May 10. Candidates interested in filing for one of the two seats up for election can start doing so Wednesday, Jan. 29. The deadline to file is Friday, Feb. 28. Comal ISD is divided into seven single-member districts (SMD), ... (Read More)
1/10/2014
Parent tips for flu prevention Parents, please take a minute to remind your student to wash their hands before eating and to keep hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth. Children should be encouraged to cough/sneeze in a tissue or their elbow – not their hands. Please remember that students must be fever free for 24 hours w... (Read More)
1/10/2014
Stanford hired as executive director for communications and governmental relations The newest member of Comal ISD’s administrative team is Steve Stanford. Stanford will officially come aboard on Jan. 23 as the district’s executive director for communications and governmental relations. Stanford previously worked as Katy ISD’s director of media and community relations, a position... (Read More)
1/9/2014
Inspirational CHS senior signs to play wheelchair basketball at Texas-Arlington Despite playing through constant pain, Canyon High student Abby Dunkin managed to land on the All-District basketball team as a sophomore. As a junior, she was averaging more than 12 points per game for the Cougarettes before it finally hurt too much to play. By the end of her junior year at CHS, ... (Read More)
1/8/2014
Comal ISD school board members recognized in January

Jan. 8, 2014— Governor Rick Perry proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month to help highlight the contributions of dedicated men and women who take the time to care about and get involved in local schools.

Comal ISD is joining districts across the state to thank board m... (Read More)

1/8/2013
Two Comal ISD school board seats up for election The annual Comal ISD board of trustees’ election will be held Saturday, May 10. Candidates interested in filing for one of the two seats up for election can start doing so Wednesday, Jan. 29. The deadline to file is Friday, Feb. 28. Comal ISD is divided into seven single-member districts (SMD), ... (Read More)
12/20/2013
Board members reflect on Bond 2013, talk about future plans at Dec. meeting

In the regularly scheduled Comal ISD Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 19, board members reflected back on the district’s November Bond election results after the official county recount.

    “The voters have spoken and we respect that, we now have to regroup and decide what our ne... (Read More)

12/16/2013
St. Jude’s Ranch Jingle Bell 5K presented by Comal ISD again sets attendance record The St. Jude’s Ranch Jingle Bell 5K Run presented by Comal ISD keeps getting bigger and better. For the second consecutive year, the partnership between Comal ISD and the St. Jude’s Ranch helped break the Jingle Bell 5K Run registration record. On Dec. 14, the event started at famous Gruene Hall ... (Read More)
12/13/2013
HLES students participate in worldwide technology event Students in Gena Orth’s SAGE (Significant Activities for Generating Excellence) classes and students in Sully Swilley’s technology classroom at Hoffmann Lane Elementary recently took part in the worldwide event, “Hour of Code,” organized by Code.org. The group’s goal was to give every student a cha... (Read More)
12/13/2013
Students thriving in Comal ISD AVID program Students in Comal ISD’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program have been thriving so far this school year. One of the district’s newest programs has a classroom of carefully selected 7th-grade students and starts preparing them for college. Every one of Comal ISD’s five middle scho... (Read More)
12/13/2013
Young artists at Bill Brown Elementary creating masterpieces Students in Lizette Floyd’s art classroom at Bill Brown Elementary have been busy this school year. Recently, 5th-grade students were involved in a project focused on the incredibly vibrant world of frogs. “Far from the brown and green slime-dwellers of backyard ponds, the creatures created were ... (Read More)
12/9/2013
News Briefs 12-9-13 --QILT early release to be Dec. 11 Dec. 9, 2013—Wednesday, Dec. 11, will be the next Quality Instructional Learning Time (QILT) early release day. Elementary students will be released at 1:15 p.m.; middle and high school students will be released at 2:25 p.m. Buses will run when students are releas... (Read More)
12/6/2013
CLHS students earn trip to Washington D.C. by winning writing contest One photo of a teacher holding a light bulb that’s about to illuminate her classroom and two completely different stories emerged from that image. The end result was Canyon Lake High senior Hannah Graves and CLHS sophomore Duncan Coleman winning a writing contest sponsored by the Pedernales Electri... (Read More)
12/6/2013
Comal ISD students learning about healthy lifestyles during community summit As part of a Community Health Summit on Dec. 6, students at Goodwin Frazier Elementary got to boogie off calories via Zumba, learn Yoga stretches, and learn about nutrition. The summit is part of the Comal FIT initiative. Comal FIT challenges Comal ISD students and staff to live healthier lifestyle... (Read More)
12/5/2013 3:35:00 PM
Bluebonnet Book author Shana Burg visits Clear Spring Elementary Books receiving the Texas Bluebonnet Award have become synonymous with getting students interested and involved in reading and discussing literature at a young age. Austin resident Shana Burg, author of one of this school year’s 20 Bluebonnet Books “Laugh with the Moon,” visited Clear Spring Elemen... (Read More)
12/5/2013 2:27:00 PM
Canyon High School Choir has successful audition season Members of the Canyon High School Choir were involved in the Texas Music Educators Association Regional auditions recently. Students that were named to the Region 12 TMEA Region Treble Choir were: Jacquelyn Gonzalez and alternate, Sofia Glynn. Named to the Region Mixed Choir were: Rebecca Harvey,... (Read More)
12/5/2013 3:30:00 PM
CLHS students creating unique works of art Canyon Lake High student Brandy Buford is preparing to create print-based art in teacher Claudette Cozzi’s drawing class. Second-year art students are combining self portraits first drawn with charcoal, printmaking using water-based ink, and Styrofoam to design these unique pieces of artistry. ... (Read More)
12/5/2013 2:45:00 PM
Twenty-four Canyon Lake High students make All-Region Band Congratulations to the following 24 Canyon Lake High students who made the All-Region Band. They competed against 25 other schools and more than 600 students at the Region 12 Association of Texas Small School Bands contest on Dec. 2 at Navarro High School. They are: (back row, l-r) Jared Bruckman... (Read More)
12/3/2013
News Briefs for Dec. 3, 2013 News Briefs this week include: QILT early release to be Dec. 11; St. Jude’s Ranch Jingle Bell 5K to be Dec. 14; Summit encourages commitment to healthy lifestyles; District seeks input on 2014-15 draft calendar; County releases final vote count.... (Read More)
12/2/2013
SVHS Junior ROTC Unit qualifies for Area Championships The Smithson Valley Navy JROTC Unit competed on November 23 at the Seguin Drill Meet and qualified for the Area State Championships. By placing second out of all the Navy JROTC schools present, the SVHS team has earned a bid to compete for the state championships to be held at Texas A&M Universit... (Read More)
12/2/2013
SVHS distance runner Clark qualifies for two national cross country races Smithson Valley High star distance runner Devin Clark has added to her fine athletic resume. Clark, a junior who has earned seven UIL state track and field and cross-country medals in her career, recently qualified for the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in San Diego on December 1... (Read More)
11/22/2013
News Briefs for Nov. 22, 2013 News Briefs this week: Thanksgiving holiday to be Nov. 25-29; Draft calendar for 2013-14 presented to school board.... (Read More)
11/22/2013
Comal ISD school board hires construction auditor The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday, in a 5-0 vote, hired ACC Consulting Inc., of San Antonio to conduct a certified construction audit for the 2008 bond program. Estimated cost of the audit will be $200,000.... (Read More)
11/21/2013
St. Jude’s Ranch Jingle Bell 5K presented by Comal ISD scheduled for Dec.14 at famous Gruene Hall The St. Jude’s Ranch Jingle Bell 5K Run, presented by Comal ISD on Dec. 14 in Gruene should be an even bigger holly, jolly event this year. Last year, when Comal ISD teamed up with St. Jude’s Ranch for the first time, the combo went together like hot apple cider and a warm holiday fire. An attenda... (Read More)
11/20/2013
SBMS choir students qualify for Region 12 Honor Choir and Clinic Students from Spring Branch Middle School participated in the Region 12 Honor Choir Clinic and Concert on November 9 at Alamo Heights High School. These students were selected through an audition, competing with many others from surrounding districts in October. “They worked very hard on learnin... (Read More)
11/20/2013
CHS softball player Krystina Holguin signs with West Texas A&M Four-year Canyon High senior varsity softball starter Krystina Holguin signed a national letter of intent to play collegiately at West Texas A&M. Pictured with Krystina are her brother Daniel Holguin, her parents Henry and Jolene Holguin, and CHS head softball coach Kevin Randle.... (Read More)
11/15/2013
Students learning valuable financial lessons at young age Learning to save for the future is a trait some people aren’t lucky enough to learn before they are well into their adult years. Many Comal ISD elementary school students will have a chance to gain that knowledge early in life. As part of the district’s Personal Financial Literacy initiative, 4th-... (Read More)
11/15/2013
Pancakes, whole-grain muffins and more all delivered straight to classrooms Nov. 15, 2013— Pancakes, whole-grain banana or blueberry muffins, milk and juice – sounds like a breakfast you’d have to go to your local IHOP for, doesn’t it? All students in several Comal ISD elementary schools have to do is head to their classroom in the morning. As part of Chartwells’ “B... (Read More)
11/15/2013
CHS' Madison Williams signs with University of Incarnate Word Canyon High outside hitter Madison Williams signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball collegiately at University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio on Nov. 15. Williams finished the season with a team-high 743 kills and helped lead the Cougarettes to the District 25-5A title, a 39-11 rec... (Read More)
11/14/2013
CHS Update From Andrew Kim, Superintendent From Andrew Kim, Superintendent on 11.14.13 The Comal ISD family is shocked and saddened by the senseless incident earlier this week at Canyon High School and the subsequent passing of one of the students involved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and we respect their privacy during ... (Read More)
11/12/2013
News Briefs for Nov. 12, 2013 News Briefs this week: St. Jude's Ranch Jingle Bell 5K to be Dec. 14; Quality Instructional Learning Time (QILT) on Nov. 13; Deadline for gifted/talented referrals is Dec. 1; Comal ISD seeks bus drivers.... (Read More)
11/11/2013
Veterans honored in ceremonies across Comal ISD Retired Air Force Major Rolando Marsh could think of only one word to describe the Veterans Day ceremony held at Canyon High School on November 11. “Outstanding,” said Marsh, who served his country for 30 years. “This was just outstanding.” Campuses across Comal ISD celebrated and honored veterans... (Read More)
11/7/2013
Spring Branch Middle Wrangler Robotics team rocks competition The Spring Branch Middle School Wrangler Wrobotics Team rocked the competition at the 2013 San Antonio BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Competition. The competition was held Nov. 2 at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Every team competing had to design a robot, wh... (Read More)
11/4/2013 10:57:00 PM
Comal ISD STAR sports program keeps bowling strikes Erick Agee knows just how important the sport of bowling is to his son Brandin McElroy. A season’s worth of training culminated in Comal ISD’s STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) Sports Program Bowling Competition at Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels on November 4. More than 110 st... (Read More)
11/5/2013 11:57:00 PM
Voters reject bond proposal Nov. 5, 2013—Voters in Comal ISD voted down the district’s $451 million bond proposal, according to preliminary results on Tuesday evening. With 11,067 total votes, 5,115 voted in favor and 5,952 voted against the proposal that included two high schools, two middle schools, two elementary schools o... (Read More)
11/4/2013
News Briefs for Nov. 4, 2013 News Briefs this week include: School Bond Election Day is Tuesday; Community invited to campus Veterans Day remembrances; Deadline for gifted/talented referrals is Dec. 1; Comal ISD seeks bus drivers; Quality Instructional Learning Time (QILT) on Nov. 13.... (Read More)
10/28/2013
News Briefs for Oct. 28, 2013 News Briefs this week: Bond election early voting continues through Nov. 1; 'Grit' to be focus of parent seminar; Deadline for gifted/talented referrals is Dec. 1.... (Read More)
10/28/2013
Comal ISD kicks off Red Ribbon Week in style Students at Church Hill Middle School kicked off Red Ribbon Week in style by saying “Have a Bright Future, Be Drug Free” by wearing neon clothes, students at Mountain Valley Middle “Teamed Up Against Drugs” by wearing their favorite team’s jerseys, and Specht Elementary had a “Red Rally Day,” where ... (Read More)
10/25/2013
Demographic update surpasses early projections Indicators position Comal ISD to gain 1,200 new homes in 2013, translating into a five-year growth projection of 5,470 additional students, according to the district’s demographer.... (Read More)
10/25/2013
FIRST report: Superior achievement for 11th year For the 11th year in a row, Comal ISD received the highest rating of Superior Achievement on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).... (Read More)
10/25/2013
Comal ISD: Transparency inventory marches forward Continuing a five-month inventory of Comal ISD financial systems and structures, the school board on Thursday night heard previews of policy and procedure updates regarding construction and debt management.... (Read More)
10/23/2013
Comal ISD teachers recognized as part of Texas Education Human Resources Day It didn’t take Smithson Valley High band director Matthew Boening long to realize he wanted to work at SVHS and in Comal ISD. Boening, who worked at Allen High School for the first nine years of his career, needed just one look at the Texas Hill Country and he was sold on the area. “I drove up a c... (Read More)
10/23/2013
Four Canyon High seniors earn esteemed Eagle Scout status Starting out as Cub Scouts when they were as young as 6 years old, Trent DeWaters, Brooks Meyer and twins Spencer and Sterling Clark were just happy to be spending time with their dads learning things like the basics of camping, and earning awards for accomplishing feats such as practicing good citi... (Read More)
10/23/2013
Comal ISD appreciation breakfast held for district’s Watch D.O.G.S. Comal ISD School Board President David Drastata thanks Morningside Elementary dad Richard Netherland for his service in the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program. More than 100 members of the program attended superintendent Andrew Kim’s district-wide Watch D.O.G.S. appreciation breakfast ... (Read More)
10/24/2013
Two SVHS Navy Junior ROTC members receive $180,000 scholarships Smithson Valley High School seniors Walker Hobson and Sawyer Marshall were formally presented Navy Junior ROTC scholarships, each worth $180,000, on October 22 in a presentation held in front of the campus. Commanding Officer for the Navy Recruiting District, Corry Juedeman, presented the checks in... (Read More)
10/23/2013
Comal ISD Pink Out Day honors National Breast Cancer Awareness Month In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Comal ISD employees and students held a district-wide “pink-out” day on October 23. “As a 10-year breast cancer survivor, I’m thrilled Comal ISD has a breast cancer awareness day,” said Charlotte Muniz, Comal ISD Community Education Project Mana... (Read More)
10/22/2013
Comal ISD dedicates 18th elementary school A cafeteria full of students, parents, staff and members of the Mountain Valley community attended the formal dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of Mountain Valley Elementary School (MVES) on Monday, bringing the district’s tally of elementary schools to 18. “This is exactly the environment w... (Read More)
10/22/2013
RBES' Amanda Shippey wins KENS5 ExCEL Golden Apple Award Amanda Shippey can pinpoint the exact day she decided to become a teacher. It was her last summer as a camp counselor at the Texas 4-H Center. Shippey had a young girl in her group who was six inches shorter than everyone around her. “She raved non-stop about how she was going to make it up our ... (Read More)
10/21/2013
News Briefs for Oct. 21, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Quality Instructional Learning Time (QILT) on Wednesday; Demographer to give projection update on Thursday; Parent-Teacher Conferences for elementary students; ‘Grit’ to be focus of parent seminar; School Bus Safety Week focuses on ‘running reds’; Bond election early ... (Read More)
10/21/2013
20 percent exemption aids tax impact Comal ISD is one of only a handful of school districts in the state that offers a 20 percent optional homestead exemption, in addition to the $15,000 exemption offered by the state. “For those homeowners who take the exemption, this is the equivalent of 5 cents of savings in total taxes collected... (Read More)
10/17/2013
Watch D.O.G.S. programs a hit with dads and students across Comal ISD Hoffmann Lane Elementary principal Krista Moffatt didn’t have to ask Jeff Lopez twice if he wanted to be involved in the school’s Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program—she didn’t even have to ask him once. “As soon as I heard there was a program where dads could get involved at the campus... (Read More)
10/14/2013
News Briefs for Oct. 14, 2013 News Briefs this week include: ‘Grit’ to be focus of parent seminar; Mountain Valley Elementary dedication to be Oct. 21; School Bus Safety Week focuses on ‘running reds’; Bond election early voting begins Oct. 21.... (Read More)
10/14/2013
Responsibility drives district debt management Rapid enrollment growth is a fact of life in Comal ISD. And fiscal responsibility is driving district debt management, according to the Comal ISD finance office.... (Read More)
10/13/2013
Campuses excited about National School Lunch Week Oct. 14-18 For National School Lunch Week, students at Canyon Middle School got a taste of Italy. Students and faculty across Comal ISD are celebrating National School Lunch Week Oct. 14-18. During “Via Milano!” at CMS, Comal ISD Chef Mario Perez got a little assistance from student Nichole Salinas while coo... (Read More)
10/11/2013
Massive Red Out hits Canyon High feeder pattern, Comal ISD community for WurstBowl Students and community members lined up at CHS to buy tickets on Friday, October 11, for the annual cross-town rivalry WurstBowl game between Canyon and New Braunfels high schools. Oct. 11 was also “Red Out” day for students at all of the Canyon High School feeder schools. The CHS stadium was packe... (Read More)
10/11/2013
Morningside Elementary hosts Fire Safety Day Morningside Elementary School student Michelle Lopez can’t contain her smile as she’s getting the royal treatment from New Braunfels Fire Department firefighters Frank Griesenbeck (left) and Chris Stevens. It was part of “Fire Safety Day” on October 11 at MES, where students were able to see a fi... (Read More)
10/11/2013
Canyon Middle students, faculty brimming with school pride Canyon Middle is brimming with school spirit with newly painted entryways and decorated hallways and classroom doors. Pictured is a new addition to the campus, a painted area leading to the cafeteria stating “Home of the Mighty Jaguars.” Nearby is a hallway sign letting everyone know the CMS mott... (Read More)
10/11/2013
Write, Design, Shoot workshop at SVHS prepares students for careers in journalism Rolling Stone Magazine photographers and award-winning writers – such was life at Smithson Valley High School’s “Write, Design, Shoot” workshop. More than 150 students, some from Comal ISD middle schools and from high schools outside the district, flocked to the daylong event on Oct. 9. SVHS broad... (Read More)
10/7/2013
News Briefs for Oct. 7, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Quality Instructional Learning Time (QILT) on Wednesday; Annual ‘WurstBowl’ a family friendly event; Parents, community invited to join us for lunch; Grey’s Gift 5K to be Oct. 19; Market Days at CHS; and Parent-Teacher Conferences for elementary students.... (Read More)
10/7/2013
CHS Coach Sanders, SVHS Coach Gombert honored for milestone wins before match Two very special coaches led teams undefeated in District 25-5A into varsity volleyball action Friday night. Before Canyon High coach Heather Sanders and Smithson Valley High coach Liana Gombert squared off in what ultimately would be a hard-fought CHS victory, the duo received a standing ovation ... (Read More)
10/7/2013
U.S. Army Major visits daughters at ISES Fathers Luncheon hours before deployment Thanks to a recent Fathers Luncheon at Indian Springs Elementary, students Madison and Kylie Trexler were able to put a big smile on their dad’s face before he traveled halfway around the world. U.S. Army Major Scott Trexler knew he had to deploy to Afghanistan in a few hours, but he wasn’t going t... (Read More)
10/4/2013
Smithson Valley siblings earn honors at State Fair of Texas The Eckhardt family has a lot to be proud of. Smithson Valley Middle student Clayton Eckhardt won reserve champion lamb at the Comal County Fair recently. He went on to place seventh at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. His sister, Smithson Valley High student Megan Eckhardt won reserve breed champ... (Read More)
10/3/2013
Comal ISD has impressive number of National Merit, Hispanic Scholars Canyon High has an impressive sister act going on as senior Heather Hall followed in the footsteps of her older sibling Teresa and was named a National Merit Semifinalist recently. “When Teresa was named a National Merit Semifinalist and then a Finalist last year, I knew I wanted to receive the sa... (Read More)
9/26/2013
Texas A&M-College Station to name teaching lab after Comal ISD’s Keaton Helen Keaton’s name will soon be etched in the minds of many Texas A&M-College Station students. Anyone walking into the university’s new School of Architecture Construction Science building teaching lab will notice it is named for Keaton, Comal ISD’s executive director of facilities and maintenan... (Read More)
9/26/2013
Many Comal ISD campuses participating in H-E-B Texas-Size Book Drive Comal ISD is celebrating National Literacy Month in September and many campuses are once again participating in H-E-B’s Texas-Size Book Drive. H-E-B’s goal is to collect $1 million books for the third straight year. Many Comal ISD campuses are participating in the drive, which challenges students ... (Read More)
9/26/2013
Indian Springs Elementary Ride Your Bike to School Day Indian Springs Elementary students and their families took advantage of the cooler mornings with “Ride Your Bike to School Day” on September 26. “We had many students, along with their parents, ride their bikes this morning,” said Marisa Wulfsberg, principal. “Events like this provide an additional... (Read More)
9/25/2013
Students participate in 120th Annual Comal County Fair and Rodeo Elementary students participated in the 120th Annual Comal County Fair and Rodeo by entering the “Shoebox Float” contest and petting chicks, piglets, Shetland ponies and goats in the “Baby Barn” on September 25. In addition, Comal ISD students in elementary, middle and high school showed steers, go... (Read More)
9/25/2013
Comal ISD fine arts initiative in full swing Comal ISD’s fine arts initiative is kicking into high gear district-wide. Art students from K-12 are already involved in both advanced projects and in classes that will teach them useful skills, which will come in handy for years to come. In Karen Williams’ 2nd-grade art class at Arlon Seay Elemen... (Read More)
9/23/2013
News Briefs for Sept. 23, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Friday is Fair Day; Time's running out to register to vote; Wednesday is an early release day; Inclement weather procedures reviewed; New application required for free, reduced meals; and College and Career Fair to be Sept. 25.... (Read More)
9/23/2013
Comal ISD students, faculty continue to get FIT with Apex Fun Run at RBES The first “Rahe Rahe Rally” of the school year was a hit with students, parents and faculty members on September 20. Before the event was over, principal Heather Moore received two pies to the face and assistant principal Jay Huffty kissed a pig. It was part of the district’s Comal FIT program, in... (Read More)
9/20/2013
Comal ISD Trustees continue procurement policy overhaul The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday continued its inventory of systems and structures with an eye on transparency and checks and balances with a first look at a revised process for hiring professional architectural and engineering design and consulting services. “We are proposing changes ... (Read More)
9/20/2013
Tax rate unchanged for third year The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday, in a climate of rapidly growing enrollment, adopted a tax rate for 2013-14 that is unchanged from the past two years. The tax rate of $1.43 per $100 valuation ($1.04 maintenance and operations and 39 cents for interest and sinking) is the same rate as ... (Read More)
9/20/2013
Families, students, enjoying many festive days and nights at new Mountain Valley Elementary Sept. 20, 2013— Open House and Family Night for Comal ISD’s newest campus, Mountain Valley Elementary, were superb successes. In fact, the school received a surprise visit from the San Antonio Silver Stars Fox, who is seen here posing with students and parents at Open House. In addition, ma... (Read More)
9/19/2013
Famous violinist Charles Yang visits Comal ISD as part of new strings program Charles Yang displayed his passion for his craft and cemented his reputation as one of the best young violinists in the nation in front of students at both Oak Creek and Freiheit Elementary schools on Sept. 17. Yang visited Comal ISD as part of the district’s partnership with the Mid-Texas Symphony... (Read More)
9/17/2013
Comal students shine in state leadership academy The Comal Independent School District had seven students from six campuses participate in the 2013 Lone Star Academy this summer. The students included: Clear Spring Elementary School – Emma Kirchhoff Garden Ridge Elementary School – David Oliphant Hoffman Lane Elementary School – Mason Lee ... (Read More)
9/16/2013
Crime Stoppers banners will soon be on Comal ISD buses As part of Comal ISD’s safety initiative and its continuing partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, you’ll soon be seeing something new on school buses. Comal ISD has agreed to include Comal County Crime Stoppers banners on 30 of its buses, 10 each in the Canyon, Smithson Valley and Canyo... (Read More)
9/13/2013
Comal ISD band students heading out on the highway in style Comal ISD band students are heading out on the highway in style this school year. New, 53-foot band trailers were purchased for Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools. Canyon Lake High School, which previously used two 20-foot trailers, now has the 48-foot trailer formerly owned by SVHS. Not onl... (Read More)
9/13/2013
Strategic plan, bond top town hall discussion A compass portraying the navigational goals to direct Comal ISD over the next five years, as the icon of the district’s strategic plan, was formally rolled out Thursday night to a handful of parents at Mountain Valley Middle School in the first of three town-hall type meetings.... (Read More)
9/12/2013
Comal ISD’s new strings program a hit Don’t be surprised if you hear a new form of sweet music coming from Comal ISD elementary campuses this school year. Eight schools in the district have been chosen as pilot campuses for Comal ISD’s strings program. Students at Indian Springs, Freiheit, Startzville, Oak Creek, Garden Ridge, Bill Br... (Read More)
9/11/2013
Board opens construction process to competition In one more step toward transparency of operations and oversight, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted to terminate the contracts with the district’s architect and general contractor. “This represents an opportunity for our district with future projects,” said David Drastata, presiden... (Read More)
9/9/2013
Campuses to commemorate Sept. 11 Comal ISD campuses will hold observances on Wednesday, September 11, in honor of those who lost their lives in 2001. At Canyon High, a student-led group “Young Americans for Freedom, (pictured) will plant one flag in front of the campus for each of the 2,977 lives lost on that tragic day 12 years... (Read More)
9/9/2013
CHS varsity volleyball team earns national academic honor for second straight year Once again Canyon High School proved it has some of the smartest volleyball players in the country. The 2012-13 CHS varsity volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. It was the second straight year the Cougarettes have earned the prestigious hono... (Read More)
9/9/2013
News Briefs for Sept. 9, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Oct. 7 is deadline to register to vote; Enrichment opportunities for early release days; Meetings encourage community engagement; Early childhood screening to be Sept. 19; Gifted and Talented information nights announced; Vegetainment topic of newest cooking show; Comm... (Read More)
9/6/2013
Grandparents Day celebrations bring many smiling faces to Comal ISD Visitors came from all over Texas and far beyond to be a part of Comal ISD’s celebration of Grandparents Day on September 6. Grandparents were invited to eat either breakfast or lunch with their grandchildren, and many visited classrooms afterward. “This is our greatest generation, and we want eve... (Read More)
9/3/2013
Grand opening for H-E-B Cowboy Market at Kinder Ranch Elementary When Abigail Hinojosa, Rebecca Covington, and Damita Mendoza finished in 1st-place in a regional Stock Market Game as 5th-graders at Kinder Ranch Elementary in 2012, they had no idea what their accomplishment would ultimately turn into. The three students, who are now all 7th-graders at Spring Bra... (Read More)
8/30/2013
Enrichment opportunities available for early release days Enrichment opportunities are available for parents seeking after-school care during the early-release Wednesdays. All Comal ISD students will be released at an hour-and-a-half earlier than normal on: Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Oct. 28, Oct. 29, Nov. 13, Dec. 11. Jan. 8, Feb. 12, and Mar. 1... (Read More)
8/30/2013
Comal ISD fraud reporting procedure updated The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved an update to its anti-fraud reporting procedure to include an anonymous fraud hotline called the “Ethics Hotline.” ... (Read More)
8/30/2013
Strategic plan drives teacher quality The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday learned specifically, and with data to support it, just how the early-release Wednesdays fit into the larger philosophical picture of teacher quality and ultimately student performance.... (Read More)
8/30/2013
Comal ISD Trustees OK $5.3 million in early debt repayment The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously agreed to pay off early more than $5.3 million in outstanding debt, saving a potential $2.19 million in interest expense savings.... (Read More)
8/30/2013
TEA Commissioner Michael Williams visits Comal ISD Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams visited Rebecca Creek Elementary on August 26 to help the campus and Comal ISD kick off the 2013-14 school year. Williams spoke for more than an hour, answering questions from teachers, faculty members and district administrators. He covered a wi... (Read More)
8/30/2013
Comal ISD holds 2013 summer graduation The numbers may have been small, but the impact was huge as 11 Comal ISD students received their diplomas after summer graduation. A ceremony was held during prior to the August 29 Comal ISD school board meeting in New Braunfels. “Don’t ever let anyone stand in the way of your dreams,” said Annet... (Read More)
8/27/2013
MVES opens as Comal ISD’s 28th campus to highlight first day of school Comal ISD’s 28th and newest campus opened with several moms and dads shedding a tear or two before being treated to a breakfast in the Mountain Valley Elementary cafeteria. “It’s always tough to drop off your child on the first day of school,” said Ashley Woodward, whose daughter is a kindergarten ... (Read More)
8/26/2013
Comal ISD Trustees unanimously call bond election The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously called a bond election totaling $451 million to address projected enrollment growth, particularly at the secondary level. The election will be Nov. 5, 2013.... (Read More)
8/21/2013
Checkmate: Chess to be included in 3rd-grade and 7th-grade classrooms As part of Comal ISD’s district-wide chess initiative, new Timberwood Park SAGE teacher Jennine Zepeda held a class in the campus library during staff development day on August 19. Zepeda read from “Chess Book I: Once A Pawn A Time” and either helped teachers hone their chess skills or learn the ga... (Read More)
8/19/2013
Comal ISD announces Free and Reduced-Price Meals policy Comal ISD announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request. The electronic application lin... (Read More)
8/19/2013
Comal ISD Vendor Fair at SVMS raises more than $1,100 for Education Foundation Canyon Lake High School employee Mila Edwards spins the Chase Bank “Wheel of Prizes” at the Comal ISD Vendor Fair at Smithson Valley Middle School August 15 as banker Mary Cunningham looks on. The Vendor Fair, which included representatives from Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, Sam’s Club, Hora... (Read More)
8/16/2013
KRES turns Comal Education Foundation grant into H-E-B Cowboy Market; grand opening August 30 When most elementary-age students get to go to the store with one of their parents, it isn’t to help mom or dad with that week’s grocery budget. Thanks to a $1,250 Economic Education Grant provided by the Comal Education Foundation, students at Kinder Ranch Elementary will not only be able to help ... (Read More)
8/16/2013
First Responder Kits one of many emergency preparedness resources on Comal ISD campuses Comal ISD has always prided itself on being prepared for any on-campus emergency situation. Thanks to recommendations from the district’s Executive Safety Committee this summer, Comal ISD faculty members are even more prepared in case of an emergency situation this school year. First Responder K... (Read More)
8/16/2013
Summer’s first Comal ISD Jim Rodrigue Memorial Picnic and Convocation a success The summer’s first Comal ISD Jim Rodrigue Memorial Picnic and Convocation was a hit as more than 500 of the district’s food services workers, custodians, maintenance workers and transportation department staff visited Smithson Valley Middle School for lunch on August 15. During the Convocation whic... (Read More)
8/16/2013
SVHS Melon 5K Run to bring students, community together August 24 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to line up against a state-medal winning runner? Anyone participating in the Melon 5K Run at Smithson Valley High on Saturday, August 24 will have that chance. Smithson Valley High star athlete Devin Clark, the junior who has won six UIL State medals fo... (Read More)
8/16/2013
Many Comal ISD students attend San Antonio Math and Science Academy For the fourth year in a row, St. Philip’s College in San Antonio hosted a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) camp geared toward middle and early high school students interested in the STEM fields. The San Antonio Math and Science Academy (SAMSA) 2013 program offered students whose int... (Read More)
8/16/2013
Comal ISD wins leadership circle award for financial transparency Comal ISD has won a place in the Texas Comptroller’s Leadership ‘Gold Level’ Circle for financial transparency. “The ‘Gold’ designation highlights those entities that are setting the bar in their transparency efforts,” according to the Comptroller’s Office. The Leadership Circle, “spotlights loca... (Read More)
8/16/2013
Bond possibility tops board workshop discussion The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday delved deeply into discussion regarding a $451 million recommendation for a bond package to strategically address projected enrollment growth, particularly at the middle and high school levels.... (Read More)
8/9/2013
Comal ISD Trustees OK pay raise, receive bond recommendation Aug. 8, 2013—The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved an average 2 percent pay raise for all teachers, counselors, nurses, and librarians; a 2 percent pay raise for professional staff; and, a 3 percent pay raise for all “non-exempt” or hourly employees, effective for the 2013... (Read More)
8/8/2013
Cornerstone ceremony held at Mountain Valley Elementary More than 50 spectators were on hand at Mountain Valley Elementary on August 8, as the Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge #1425 held a cornerstone ceremony at Comal ISD’s newest campus, which will open later this month. Those in attendance included Mountain Valley Elementary principal Kristi Kahil, MVES sta... (Read More)
8/7/2013
Comal ISD shines in 2013 TEA Accountability Summary Comal ISD proved on August 7 what its students and parents already knew – the school district is an excellent learning environment. The Texas Education Agency released its “2013 Accountability Summary” and all 26 of Comal ISD’s campuses that were rated “Met Standard” set by TEA. In addition, Comal... (Read More)
8/7/2013
Committee supports $451 million bond package In an exercise on Tuesday involving anonymous “votes” with sticky notes in support of a $451 million bond package, the district’s Long-Range Facilities Planning (LRFP) Committee wrapped up its work in time to make a recommendation for the school board on Thursday. The package includes construction ... (Read More)
7/31/2013
Information for parents, students gearing up for the new school year School is almost back in session and before the ring of the first bell on Aug. 27, Comal ISD has a few reminders for its parents and students. Registration will begin the week of Aug. 5 for Pre-K through 12th-grade. Pre-K registration in Comal ISD is at Goodwin Frazier Elementary in New Braunfels ... (Read More)
7/31/2013
Consensus drives bond committee With a drive toward consensus, some 50 members of the district’s Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee on Tuesday began to narrow down the components of a bond recommendation to the Comal ISD Board of Trustees. The committee has been meeting weekly throughout the summer, processing enrollment pr... (Read More)
7/31/2013
Comal ISD administrative changes announced Comal ISD administration announces the following Support Services administrative changes, effective immediately: In the curriculum and academic services division, Jarrett Cochran has been named director of technology services. He has been with Comal ISD since August 2003, where he has served as a m... (Read More)
7/30/2013
Comal ISD’s newest campus Mountain Valley Elementary set to open Aug. 27 Students and parents entering Comal ISD’s newest campus on the first day of school August 27 will see plenty of smiling faces to greet them. Workers are putting the finishing touches on Mountain Valley Elementary School. Currently, furniture is being installed, fencing around the campus is nearing... (Read More)
7/30/2013
Online purchase of Comal ISD sports tickets now available It’s commonplace at the movie theater and at the airport. And beginning this year, it will be commonplace at all high school athletic events of Comal ISD. Athletic fans now are able to purchase tickets in the comfort of their own home or their own phone, online. Tickets for all district high schoo... (Read More)
7/24/2013
Former Canyon High volleyball coach inducted into TGCA Hall of Fame Donna Boehle is about as well known around Canyon High as the school’s cougar mascot or its famous red football field. Boehle is famous statewide and beyond for the CHS volleyball program she built from the ground up starting in 1972, and now she’s in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fam... (Read More)
7/19/2013
Trustees take on strategic plan, bond, compensation The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday discussed three fundamental topics that affect the future of the district: strategic planning, a possible bond package and a compensation schedule for employees. The school board will revisit each issue for consideration in August.... (Read More)
7/17/2013
Bond planning committee hears from a veteran Dr. Rick Reedy, former superintendent of Frisco ISD, the fastest growing school district in the country, offered some advice to the Comal ISD Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee on Tuesday about bond planning and priorities.... (Read More)
7/15/2013
Comal ISD students lead the pack in National Independence Day Parade Students representing all five Comal ISD middle schools were leading an impressive pack on July 4. More than 30 incoming 9th-grade students carried the American Eagle balloon in the National Independence Day Parade down Constitution Avenue in front of the National Archives and the White House. The... (Read More)
7/15/2013
News Briefs for July 15, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Compensation, budget discussion continues and Comal ISD seeks bus drivers.... (Read More)
7/11/2013
Comal ISD students enjoying summer camp scholarships provided by Newk’s Aiden Taylor had little doubt he was going to have a blast at Newk’s Tennis Camp this summer. When he found out he was one of 15 Comal ISD students who earned scholarships to attend a weeklong camp at the world-renowned tennis center in New Braunfels, his reaction was one of surprise and excitemen... (Read More)
7/10/2013
Participation remains high in planning committee Another hearty group—more than 60 people—of Comal ISD parents and community members gathered on Tuesday to digest and assess information about enrollment growth, school finance, tax rate scenarios and bond package history as work continues toward developing a recommendation for the school board rega... (Read More)
6/27/2013
Math Enrichment Camps teaching students valuable lessons this summer Who said the equilateral triangle can’t be fun and entertaining? Students at Church Hill Middle learned how to have a blast while working with math June 10-27. CHMS was one of two campuses to host Math Enrichment Programs for incoming Comal ISD 7th-grade students opting to take Pre-AP math and inc... (Read More)
6/27/2013
Lego Engineering Camp a fun way to learn Jonas Anderlitch carefully puts the pieces of his steerable tank together during the Lego Engineering Fundamental Camp at Timberwood Park Elementary on June 26. During the weeklong camp, students from ages 5-12 used Legos to create cities during a lesson on structure building, learned about gear ra... (Read More)
6/26/2013
Community gathers to address enrollment growth Nearly 70 members of the Comal ISD community—parents, community members and staff—gathered Tuesday to begin the dialogue about enrollment growth projections and how best to address them.... (Read More)
6/25/2013
Students come out in force to be part of Junior Deputy Sheriff’s Academy There is a good chance some of the next generation of Comal County law officers will come from this summer’s Junior Deputy Sheriff’s Academy. The Junior Deputy Sheriff’s Academy is a free five-day camp catering to local youths between the ages of 9 and 11. The first of three camps is taking place ... (Read More)
6/20/2013
CHS student named outstanding performer at UIL State Solo-Ensemble Contest Canyon High School sophomore Natalie Miller was named an outstanding performer at the UIL Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest held at the University of Texas-Austin in late May. Of the approximately 95,000 students participating at the regional level, and the 24,000 musicians who performed at the Tex... (Read More)
6/20/2013
School board approves new budget calendar The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved changing the budget year to July through June, effective in 2014-15. The current budget year runs from September 1 through August 31.... (Read More)
6/20/2013
Comal ISD STAAR scores show steady progress High school students in Comal ISD continue to make steady progress on the end-of-course exams of the state’s assessment, STAAR, according to recently released data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).... (Read More)
6/19/2013
Dual Credit Students and Parents Dual Credit Parents and Students, First, emails are being sent by St. Philip’s College for our students to pay for their classes or they will be dropped. PLEASE IGNORE THESE EMAILS AS YOU WILL NOT BE DROPPED FROM THE CLASS(ES). Our students do not pay for classes at St. Philip’s. Also, I have been i... (Read More)
6/18/2013
SACC program fun for more than 600 students this summer Students in Comal ISD’s School Age Child Care (SACC) summer program continue to have a cool time this summer. The more than 600 students in the program have been swimming two hours per day, twice a week, at the Canyon and Smithson Valley high school pools. “We have the whole pool to ourselves,” sa... (Read More)
6/17/2013
School board to consider changing budget year The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday, will consider changing the budget year to July through June, effective in 2014-15. This differs from the current budget year of September to August. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., and will be at the Support Services Building, 1404 Interstate 35 in New Bra... (Read More)
6/13/2013
Administrative changes announced Comal ISD administration announces campus principal and assistant principal changes, effective with the beginning of the school year.... (Read More)
6/5/2013
Growth tops workshop discussion Enrollment growth—projected to be an additional 11,722 students over the next 10 years—and how to address it from a facilities standpoint topped the discussion of the Comal ISD School Board workshop on Wednesday.... (Read More)
6/5/2013
Two Smithson Valley High grads earn Doctor of Medicine degrees Two Smithson Valley High School graduates received their Doctor of Medicine degrees on June 1 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Sawyer Croley was Valedictorian of SVHS Class of 2005, and a member of the National Honor Society. Kyle Henry, Class of 2006, was a member of the ... (Read More)
6/4/2013
Penguins and porcupines at Johnson Ranch Elementary Sea World visited Johnson Ranch Elementary during the final week of school. The Animal Ambassador Team brought a red rough lemur, an African porcupine, an albino python, and two penguins to the school. Students were able to learn about animal conservation and everyday things they can do to help sav... (Read More)
6/1/2013
Comal ISD graduates more than 1,150 seniors June 1 Comal ISD graduated more than 1,150 seniors on June 1 at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. Canyon High started the pomp and circumstance in the morning when about 460 seniors crossed the stage. Smithson Valley High followed in the afternoon when nearly 500 seniors graduated, and Canyon Lake High foll... (Read More)
5/30/2013
Comal Academy kicks off Comal ISD's graduation weekend A capacity crowd at Canyon High School’s Performing Arts Center watched 87 Comal Academy students kick off the district’s graduation weekend. Comal Academy student Aileen Castillo gave the address to seniors during the ceremony on May 30. Comal Academy is Comal ISD’s self-paced high school. ... (Read More)
5/30/2013
Comal ISD bus driver performs life-saving maneuver on student A Vietnam veteran performed a life-saving miracle in Comal ISD just hours after the Memorial Day holiday. When bus driver Walter Wingo noticed a boy was choking, he immediately pulled over and went into action. Wingo performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged a piece of chewing gum from Mountain... (Read More)
5/28/2013
Senator Donna Campbell joins Comal ISD’s Let’s Remember Drive benefitting Moore, OK

Senator Donna Campbell joined Comal ISD’s Let’s Remember Drive during a visit to Hoffmann Lane Elementary on May 28. The students and families of Comal ISD are conducting a dollar drive for the families in Moore, Oklahoma, who lost loved ones and homes during the tornado on May 20.

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5/28/2013
News Briefs for May 28, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD students rally around Moore, Okla., Students, staff and families really did Walk Across Texas; Comal ISD seeks input on facilities in online survey; Check the district website for summer updates.... (Read More)
5/23/2013
Farewell to Swint, four sworn in as trustees The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday bid farewell to Bill Swint and welcomed Cody Mueller to the board, as the first official action of the meeting was to swear in Mueller and incumbents Nancy Pappas, Jason York and David Spencer. Pictured here are (left to right) Spencer, Pappas, York and M... (Read More)
5/23/2013
MVMS first middle school students in the nation to take CISCO Networking Academy Class Mountain Valley Middle School has come up with a near-perfect class for anyone who had a tendency to break things as a kid just to see what was inside, and then spent the rest of the day trying to put all the parts back together again. MVMS is the first middle school in the nation to offer “IT Esse... (Read More)
5/23/2013
Students receive bookshelves from Canyon Lake Rotary Club as part of reading program Students at Startzville Elementary were fortunate many times over to be involved in the “It Takes Two” program this school year. Not only did students in the program receive reading assistance throughout the school year from volunteer tutors from around the community, the Canyon Lake Rotary Club ga... (Read More)
5/23/2013
STZES students get first-hand lesson on healthy cooking and eating habits Students at Startzville Elementary played “Who wants to Live a Healthy Lifestyle?” as Comal ISD Master Chef Mario Perez quizzed them about different vegetables in the school’s cafeteria on May 22. The vegetables were recently harvested from the school’s SOW Healthy Garden, and Perez pitted one half... (Read More)
5/21/2013
OCES' Terry Mullen, SBMS' Jennifer West are Comal ISD's Teachers of the Year Oak Creek Elementary teacher Terry Mullen and Spring Branch Middle School's Jennifer West were named Comal ISD's 2012-13 Teachers of the Year at the Employee Recognition Banquet at Canyon High School on May 21. District employees were honored for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and even 40 years of servi... (Read More)
5/21/2013
Recognition of academics, and their teachers too! While advertised as an academic recognition banquet, the annual Jan Heckendorn banquet, sponsored by the Comal Education Foundation (CEF), recognizes two other critical components of graduating seniors’ academic performance: their teachers and their parents. The Top 15 graduating seniors of each of... (Read More)
5/20/2013
5th-Grade Talent Show at HLES a success Hoffmann Lane Elementary student Presley Wirebaugh (pictured) sings “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid.” It was one of many performances on display at HLES’ 5th-Grade Talent Show held held on May 17. In addition, students performed dance routines, lip-synced to their favorite songs and on... (Read More)
5/20/2013
Canyon Lake High junior Andrew Riali awarded prestigious Princeton Book Award The Ivy League has recently taken notice of a very impressive Canyon Lake High School student as junior Andrew Riali was presented with the Princeton Book Prize. The award was established by Princeton University graduates to honor San Antonio’s most outstanding high school juniors. The recipients... (Read More)
5/20/2013
News Briefs for May 20, 2013 Swearing-in kicks off May school board meeting; Memorial Day holiday begins race to the finish; Advisory committee members gather for All Call lunch; Math enrichment academies for 7th, 8th grade students; Student registration dates, hours scheduled.... (Read More)
5/17/2013
SVHS Navy JROTC Unit named top program in area Smithson Valley High School's Navy JROTC Unit has been named the top program in Area 10. Area 10 encompasses most of Texas, excluding the far west/El Paso area, and the far north Amarillo/panhandle area. “All of us were very proud to receive this honor, especially our cadets” said SVHS instructor ... (Read More)
5/17/2013
Canyon High Air Force JROTC earns Distinguished Unit Award Alabama’s Maxwell Air Force Base, the Air Force Junior ROTC Headquarters, has honored Canyon High School with two important awards. For the 8th consecutive year, Canyon High Air Force’s Junior ROTC earned the Distinguished Unit Award. In addition, Major (Ret) Kevin Cregier was given an Outstanding ... (Read More)
5/17/2013
Advisory committee members gather for All Call Lunch More than 75 members of the Comal ISD superintendent’s advisory committees—Nonprofit, Civic & Chamber, “Gold,” Ministerial Alliance, Student, and Realtors—gathered on Thursday for a thank-you luncheon hosted by Superintendent Andrew Kim. The advisory committees have been meeting quarterly at school... (Read More)
5/17/2011
Garden Ridge Elementary honors longtime School Board member Bill Swint Garden Ridge Elementary students, parents and faculty gave a great big thank you to Comal ISD School Board member Bill Swint at the PTA’s “Coffee with the Principal” on May 16. Swint has served on the Board as the representative from Single Member District 5, which includes Garden Ridge Elementary,... (Read More)
5/14/2013
Ellis earns Canyon Lake High's first gold medal at State Track and Field Meet, SVHS athletes earn gold, silver and bronze Congratulations to Canyon Lake High senior Marisa Ellis who earned her school’s first-ever individual gold medal at the UIL Class 3A State Track and Field Meet earlier this month. Ellis captured the gold medal in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 6-inches. Lacey Lambert (in photo with Ellis) is t... (Read More)
5/13/2013
News Briefs for May 13, 2013 Seven campuses recognized for healthy habits; private, nonprofit schools may participate in some services; Back to school vaccines offered in June, July; Bill Brown Elementary principal profile meeting to be May 15; Freiheit students are published poets.... (Read More)
5/11/2013
York and Mueller win school board seats Jason York of Canyon Lake and Cody Mueller of Garden Ridge on Saturday won seats on the Comal ISD Board of Trustees, representing Districts 3 and 7 respectively. York, the incumbent, drew 86 votes to Ken Adkins’ 13 votes, in a special election in single-member district 3. The regular term ends in... (Read More)
5/9/2013
Air Force Captain surprises daughter in emotional homecoming at Garden Ridge Elementary Amara McCollum got the surprise of her young life on May 7. The Garden Ridge Elementary 2nd-grade student returned from recess to find her father, Air Force Captain Brian McCollum, sitting in the chair she normally occupies in teacher Vicki Ward’s classroom. Capt. McCollum had been stationed in Ku... (Read More)
5/9/2013
Comal ISD Art and Tech Showcases a success More than 2,000 enthusiastic Comal ISD community members visited the district’s Art and Tech Showcases held at Canyon Lake, Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools in May. Hundreds of works of art and displays of technology from students in all three feeder patterns were exhibited and those in atte... (Read More)
5/8/2013
SVHS One Act Play Festival benefits Brackettville student involved in tragedy Smithson Valley High’s One Act Play Festival turned out to be a success in many ways on May 7. Theater students from SVHS, as well as Smithson Valley and Spring Branch middle schools, teamed up to not only put on excellent performances but to raise money for Brackettville’s Koontz Memorial Fund. Al... (Read More)
5/6/2013
News Briefs for May 6, 2013 News Briefs this week include: STAAR end-of-course exams begin this week; Meet the Principal at Mountain Valley Elementary; Student registration dates set; Secondary summer school schedule set; Honor an employee with a CEF plaque; Community Ed summer camps enrolling now; Annual GT Extravaganza to be... (Read More)
5/3/2013
Comal ISD administrative changes announced Comal ISD administration announces campus administrative changes, effective with the end of this school year at Canyon Lake High School, Mountain Valley Elementary School, Morningside Elementary School, Rahe Bulverde Elementary School, Canyon Middle School, Timberwood Park Elementary School, Mountai... (Read More)
5/3/2013
Young Author’s Celebration at GRES is once again a tremendous community event Comal ISD superintendent Andrew Kim said he believes the skill of writing is one of the most important aspects of critical thinking a child can learn. Writing skills were on full display May 3 at Garden Ridge Elementary School’s Young Author’s Celebration. A state senator, as well as many public f... (Read More)
5/3/2013
Meet the Principal at Mountain Valley Elementary on Tuesday, May 7 Parents and community will have the opportunity to meet the new principal, Kristi Kahil, of Mountain Valley Elementary School on Tuesday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the school. Mountain Valley is the district’s newest elementary school, scheduled to open for the 2013-14 school year. It is located on FM ... (Read More)
5/3/2013
Canyon Lake High holds first of three Comal ISD Tech Showcases Canyon Lake High’s Technology Showcase drew more than 400 family, friends, faculty and community members on May 1. Students displayed projects like Mountain Valley Middle’s “Lone Star Book Trailers,” and Rebecca Creek Elementary School’s “Robotics: Hungry Alligators.” Smithson Valley High (May... (Read More)
5/3/2013
Canyon Lake High kicks off Comal ISD Art Showcase season The 2013 Comal ISD Art Showcases are off and running as numerous creations students have been working on all school year long were on display at Canyon Lake High on May 1. The showcases are a place for the families of students, faculty and community members to witness the wonderful world of Comal I... (Read More)
5/2/2013
Resolute Health and Comal ISD bring virtual examination technology to CHS Have you ever spent an hour or more in a doctor’s office waiting room? There are only so many Better Homes and Gardens and Sports Illustrated magazines a person can read before frustration starts to set in. Resolute Heath hopes it has a cure for those minutes that tick away while sitting in waitin... (Read More)
5/1/2013
Hoffmann Lane Elementary captures Comal ISD’s Battle of the Bluebonnet Books Bluebonnets have been popping up seemingly overnight along the highways and hillsides of Central Texas thanks to recent spring showers. The beautiful state flower of Texas had some competition this year as many of Comal ISD’s elementary students turned their attention to 20 Bluebonnet Books. Last ... (Read More)
4/29/2013
STAR Athletes have record numbers at season-ending track and field meet A rainy weekend didn’t dampen the spirits of anyone competing in or attending the Comal ISD STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) season-ending track and field meet at Canyon Lake High. Just when it appeared the April 29 event might be a rainout, the sun broke through the clouds t... (Read More)
4/29/2013
News Briefs for April 29, 2013 News briefs this week include: MS advanced academics meetings begin this week; Foundation Golf tourney scores another success; Early voting for trustee election begins today; Accelerated testing dates announced; SVHS yearbook earns national recognition; Negative cafeteria balances restricted May 16-... (Read More)
4/26/2013
Traveling Grill Show feeds 900 students, parents at Indian Springs Elementary The traveling circus has nothing on Comal ISD’s Traveling Grill Show. Executive Chef Mario Perez, field supervisor Wes Handsel, and the Indian Springs Elementary cafeteria staff cooked lunch for more than 600 students and approximately 300 parents on April 26. The Traveling Grill Show, sponsored b... (Read More)
4/26/2013
School board agrees to hire 53 teachers The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the hiring of 42 teachers, eight special education teachers and three “specials” teachers (music, PE and art at the elementary level) for the 2013-14 school year to accommodate enrollment growth and new programs.... (Read More)
4/25/2013
Comal ISD Art and Technology Showcases to be held May 1 at CLHS, May 8 at SVHS, May 15 at CHS The Comal ISD Art and Technology Showcases are going to be bigger and better than ever this year and Canyon Lake High will kick off the exciting display season on May 1. The showcases are a place for the families of students, faculty and community members to witness the wonderful world of Comal ISD... (Read More)
4/23/2013
SVHS theater department holding fundraiser for student in Bracketville Members of the Smithson Valley High theater department have set up a trust fund to assist 7th-grader Zach Koontz, the lone survivor of a tragic accident that occurred in San Antonio on April 13. Zach’s mother, father and his two older siblings were killed in the wreck. The family was returning hom... (Read More)
4/23/2013
BBES Sister Act raises more than $1,000 for charities in lieu of birthday presents Sisters Presley and Olivia Smith, students at Bill Brown Elementary, decided that instead of asking for gifts for their birthdays they would select a charitable organization to donate to. Between the time Presley’s birthday came in February and Olivia turned another year older in March, the sisters... (Read More)
4/22/2013
SVMS students earn state, national recognition in Duke University Talent Program Four Smithson Valley Middle School students received statewide recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. One of those students, Diego Cervantes, received national recognition. The program recognizes those who perform at an exceptionally high level when taking the SAT or ACT... (Read More)
4/22/2013
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom pays a visit to Timberwood Park Elementary Scorpions and vultures and snakes, oh my! Timberwood Park Elementary students had a unique Thursday morning on April 18, as Peter Gros, of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, visited the campus and treated them with an amazing wildlife display. Gros, who has appeared many times on The Tonight Show wi... (Read More)
4/22/2013
News Briefs for April 22, 2013 News Briefs this week include: School board to look at child nutrition, staffing; Round 2 of STAAR exams this week; Energy Star designation given to Kinder Ranch elementary; CLHS named outstanding school for second year; Engaged@CISD theme of 2013 Tech Showcases; Art Showcases to run in tandem with ... (Read More)
4/19/2013
Smithson Valley High, Canyon Middle students win Comal ISD’s 2013 Algebra Bowl Smithson Valley High and Canyon Middle schools are the 2013 Comal ISD Algebra Bowl champions. In an event formatted like NCAA basketball’s “March Madness,” teams from around the district squared off round by round until only two remained. Canyon Middle beat Church Hill Middle in the finals on April... (Read More)
4/18/2013
Three Canyon High students named National Merit Finalists When a school has one student named National Merit Finalist in any given year it’s a unique honor. For a campus to have three seniors earn the prestigious award is cause for celebration. Canyon High School’s Jayci Givens, Teresa Hall and Luke Pickerill received notice that they were among only 15... (Read More)
4/19/2013
Budget discussion includes additional programs The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday took another look at next year’s budget, the draft of which includes additional teaching positions for enrollment growth and new programs. Thursday’s workshop was the latest in a two-month discussion that covers programs, positions and pay. ... (Read More)
4/18/2013
Final community input taken on strategic plan drafts The Comal ISD Strategic Planning Team on Monday, as a group, gave final input on the drafts of the quality indicators and success measures that are tied to the four goals. On Wednesday, the District Education Improvement Committee (DEIC) walked through the same exercise.... (Read More)
4/15/2013
Garden Ridge Elementary students have fun with sport of Speed Stacking Students at Garden Ridge Elementary recently got to take part in a fad that’s become more and more popular over the last few years. “Speed Stacking” is included in more than 36,000 schools worldwide as part of their PE curriculum. Speed Stacking is an individual and team sport that involves stacki... (Read More)
4/15/2013
News Briefs for April 15, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Workshop topics to include budget and staffing; Community Ed seeks instructors for fall, spring; Early voting for trustee election begins April 29; and AC-MECHS parent meeting to be April 22.... (Read More)
4/15/2013
Canyon High names Marsha Hammond new girls varsity head basketball coach Canyon High didn’t have to look far to find its new girls varsity basketball head coach. Marsha Hammond, an assistant with the Cougarettes for the past three seasons, will take over the job at the end of the school year. Earlier this season, current CHS head coach Terry Tennell, who had led the te... (Read More)
4/11/2013
Shattered Dreams program sends powerful message at Smithson Valley High Students at Smithson Valley High experienced the real-world dangers of drunk driving during the Shattered Dreams program on campus April 11-12. Law enforcement officials were on hand from the Comal County Sheriff’s Department, Starflight and the Bulverde Fire Department. Bulverde Emergency Medical ... (Read More)
4/11/2013
Two CHS students earn top honors at State Art Contest Two of teacher Veronica McClanahan’s Canyon High School art students represented Comal ISD well on April 6 at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event at Bryan High School. Sophomore Kyne Anna scored a 4 with “Nose Nibbler,” a scratch art drawing. Senior Mariah Kilgore also scored a 4 with “Shutterb... (Read More)
4/11/2013
Comal ISD's Algebra Bowl currently underway If you enjoyed March Madness get ready for Comal ISD's version, Algebra Bowl. Algebra Bowl is a collaboration between the math and technology department in which Algebra students from each of Comal ISD's middle and high schools engage in a fun and competitive tournament. Set up in a bracket system,... (Read More)
4/8/2013
Two CHS Criminal Justice students earn medals at State Two Canyon High School Criminal Justice students finished in the top three at the SkillsUSA State Conference and earned medals April 5-6 in Corpus Christi. Zachary Overturf finished in 2nd place in the Building Search Test category and Megan Myers captured 3rd Place in the Felony Traffic Stop Test ... (Read More)
4/8/2013
STAR Athletes Shine at Cougar Relays The Comal ISD STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) athletes continued their tradition of opening the Cougar Relays April 5 by running sprints of 50 and 100 meters on the Canyon High track. STAR athletes also competed in a 30-meter wheelchair race and a 30-meter walk. Every STAR ... (Read More)
4/8/2013
Eagle Scout project brings Frisbee golf to Garden Ridge Elementary Garden Ridge elementary School was the recipient of Hunter Smith’s generous Eagle Scout project recently. Smith built a 6-hole Frisbee Golf course directly behind the school near the campus playground. “We had an area behind the school that wasn’t being used for anything,” GRES principal Joni C... (Read More)
4/8/2013
TPES students create Eiffel Tower, Roman Coliseum and historical castles Jana Smith’s SAGE (Significant Activities for Generating Excellence) students at Timberwood Park Elementary School recently got creative with an assignment. They were instructed to build a model of any historical landmark in the world. Some of the creations included the Eiffel Tower, the Roman Col... (Read More)
4/8/2013
News Briefs for April 8, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Seeking parent input on survey until April 12; Kindergarten registration to be Tuesday and Wednesday; Rahe Bulverde hosts fitness night; Canyon Lake High hosts shot clinic; Timberwood Park and Hoffmann Lane to pilot salad bar; SVHS students to experience Shattered Drea... (Read More)
4/5/2013
Spring in Central Texas means using extra caution around wildlife Warmer weather and rain recently in Central Texas has been a welcome sight to many residents. But the combination has also had some dangerous effects as rattlesnakes and other venomous snakes are on the move. “When we get these very warm days like we’ve been having lately rattlesnakes come out of ... (Read More)
4/3/2013
Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School students win awards at Regional Robotics Competition The Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School Robotics Team didn’t know what to expect when heading to the Alamo Regional Competition for the first time in school history March 28-30. When they left the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, the team had to use an extra seat or... (Read More)
4/3/2013
Startzville Girl Scout troop bring cookies, smiles to wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center Girl Scout Troop 1087 in Startzville collected more than 400 boxes of cookies for the patients, staff and volunteers of Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. This was part of a “Gift of Caring” campaign where individuals who bought Girl Scout cookies had the option to donate them to a worthwhi... (Read More)
4/1/2013
Teacher earns $2,005 Lowe's grant for trees, benches at Morningside Elementary When Morningside Elementary second-grade teacher Monica Carney saw some of the school’s landscape was being affected by the drought that’s plagued the area for several years, she decided to do something about it. After the campus lost some of the trees that were planted when it opened in 2008, Carn... (Read More)
4/1/2013
Lessons at Timberwood Park Elementary build reading skills Students in teacher Sarah Ojeda’s 1st-grade class at Timberwood Park Elementary have been busy with different reading exercises recently. These assignments have not only increased their reading skills, but have helped them read for longer stretches of time during class. Pictured is Makenna Hanscom r... (Read More)
4/1/2013
MES students ready to hit the road after Bike Rodeo Students in grades K-3 at Morningside Elementary were treated to a Bike Rodeo on March 29. New Braunfels Police Department Cpl. Robert Gardner and NBPD officer Chad Adams checked students’ bicycles for lights or reflectors on the front and back, tire pressure, a safe handle bar and chain, and brake... (Read More)
4/1/2013
Students around Comal ISD ready to rock the STAAR test Students at Specht Elementary and around Comal ISD are getting ready for STAAR testing throughout Comal ISD April 1-4. PTA parents have been decorating the Specht campus all school year long with beautiful billboards. Pictured are SES students (l-r) Aspen Harris, Tony Guerra, Taylor Vela and Kerim P... (Read More)
4/1/2013
News Briefs for April 1, 2013 School board receives construction, budget update; SVHS student featured as Express-News student of the week; STAAR administration this week; April 11 is deadline to register to vote in board election; Healthy Texas Week to be April 8-14; Dual language parent meetings to be late April; and Spanish i... (Read More)
3/28/2013
BBES students produce beautiful creations as Comal ISD Art Showcases Near Students in Bill Brown Elementary teacher Lizette Floyd’s classes have been busy creating many beautiful works of art that greet visitors as soon as they enter the campus. Some of these works of art, and beautiful creations from around Comal ISD, will be on display at the district’s Art Showcases ... (Read More)
3/26/2013
Comal ISD has multiple Lamar Medal award winners Congratulations to multiple Comal ISD employees and students who received the Lamar Medal from the Masons of Canyon Lake Lodge 1425 on March 23. The Lamar Medal is awarded annually to individuals, both students and teachers, who demonstrate excellence in education. The honorees also were selected o... (Read More)
3/25/2013
News Briefs for March 25, 2013 News briefs this week include: Parents encouraged to complete online survey; March 29 is a student-staff holiday; Trustees to hear operations, grading reports on Thursday; Kindergarten registration to be April 9 and 10; CLHS video selected as ‘class favorite’ in statewide contest; CHS band named ‘be... (Read More)
3/22/2013
K-9 Classmates reading lessons helps students around Comal ISD Man’s best friend is turning out to be one of the best friends of many students in Comal ISD. “Kaiser” is a 9-year-old Alaskan Malamute who’s part of the non-profit “K-9 Classmates” program. The program’s goal is to help children who are struggling readers. They find it easy to read to Kaiser in a... (Read More)
3/22/2013
Shattered Dreams program brings out emotions at Canyon Lake High Talking about or watching a public service announcement about the dangers of drinking and driving oftentimes doesn’t have the impact it should on high school students. Seeing one of their peers pulled out of class by the grim reaper, having the details of the alcohol-related traffic accident they w... (Read More)
3/19/2013
Strategic planning team wordsmiths quality indicators Some 40 members of the Comal ISD Strategic Planning Team gathered on Monday to begin word-working quality indicators to support the four goals. The group will meet in April to finalize the quality indicators and to identify many of the success measures before going to the Board of Trustees in May or... (Read More)
3/18/2013
Wrangler Wrobotics Rock National Competition Congratulations to Spring Branch Middle teacher Troy Mann and the SBMS Robotics team. The team “Wrangler Wrobotics” competed at SABest, a national competition designed to boost engineering, science, and technology. There were more than 30 teams present, and SBMS was one of only four middle schools t... (Read More)
3/18/2013
News Briefs for March 18, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Dual language parent meetings to be late April; Spanish immersion parent meetings to be mid-April; CLHS student earns President's Volunteer Award; CLHS ballroom dancers to audition on national talent show; Immunization clinic at SVMS on April 10; CHS PTSA hosts two eve... (Read More)
3/8/2013
CLHS student wins logo contest as district’s Technology Showcases near Canyon Lake High junior Hailey Johnson said she never considered a job in the technological design world before this school year. Her career goals have changed considerably since her enrollment in teacher Sherri Painter’s Graphic Design and Illustration class. Johnson’s choice certainly paid divid... (Read More)
3/7/2013
Specht Elementary students turn into geologists Students in Denise Stout's 1st-grade class at Specht Elementary have turned into geologists during a recent lesson. Students were first given soil and rock samples. They were then told to make careful observations and proceeded to collect and record data. They compared and contrasted the data on ... (Read More)
3/6/2013
Comal ISD students join Spurs star as 'Manu’s Mathletes' Students in Comal Discipline Center teacher Jeff Vaughn’s class correctly answered Manu Ginobili’s math riddle online and became part of his team of “Manu’s Mathletes.” As a reward, Vaughn, his students, and CDC Principal Karen Stevens, had the opportunity to meet with the NBA star before a game an... (Read More)
3/6/2013
Rebecca Creek Elementary chess club growing strong At Rebecca Creek Elementary a rapidly increasing number of students are learning and playing the game of chess. “Chess is helping develop mathematical minds at RCES by presenting students with a game of patience, challenging situations, sportsmanship and by emphasizing critical thinking skills,” sa... (Read More)
3/5/2013
News Briefs for March 5, 2013 News Briefs for March 5, 2013 include: CHS band marches on Washington, D.C.; Ballot drawing to be March 12; and This is National School Social Work Week.... (Read More)
3/4/2013
News Briefs for March 4, 2013 News briefs this week include: Spring Break for students begins March 8; Comal ISD joins Walk Across Texas; Volunteers file for seats on the school board; Student performance reports for 2011-12 released; Sow Health garden receives 30 fruit trees; Communications wins again at state conference; SBMS,... (Read More)
3/4/2013
Canyon Lake High student raises $20,000 for church in Romania as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project Some people wait a lifetime to realize a goal Canyon Lake High senior Kati DeHaven reached before she was 18 years old. As part of DeHaven’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, which is similar to a Boy Scout earning Eagle Scout status, she focused on a city nearly 7,000 miles away. When DeHaven was 15... (Read More)
3/1/2013
Spirit of Dr. Seuss lives on at Oak Creek Elementary Teachers at Oak Creek Elementary turned a reaching and research lesson into an adventure into the life of Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 99 on March 2. Students in 2nd-grade classes at OCES read Dr. Seuss classics like “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and “Horton Hears a Who!” They al... (Read More)
3/1/2013
Many Comal ISD students compete at Comal County Youth Livestock Show More than 400 Comal ISD students participated in the Comal County Youth Livestock Show at the Fairgrounds in New Braunfels Feb. 27-March 2. Pictured is Smithson Valley High School student Kim Jordan, and her 1,500-pound Brahman Heifer “Bella” both smiling before she showed the large animal in the B... (Read More)
3/1/2013
Comal ISD school board adopts 2013-14 calendar The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday adopted an academic calendar for 2013-14 that includes six-week grading periods, a full week off at Thanksgiving, Spring Break on March 10-14 and nine early release days. The last day of school will be June 4, 2014.... (Read More)
3/1/2013
Comal ISD administrative changes announced Comal ISD administration announces the following Support Services administrative changes, effective immediately: David Andersen, former chief financial officer of Manor ISD, has accepted the position of chief financial officer; Helen Keaton is the new executive director for facilities and constructi... (Read More)
3/1/2013
Kim’s contract extended to 2018 The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved a five-year contract for Andrew Kim, superintendent, extending it to March 1, 2018. Also on Thursday, the school board unanimously agreed to install a security vestibule at Bill Brown Elementary School. The installation of storefront g... (Read More)
2/28/2013
Shattered Dreams program impacts Canyon High School students Canyon High School participated in the Shattered Dreams program on February 26. Shattered Dreams is an educational experience that tries to remind everyone involved all of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Its goal is to remind students that too many young lives have already been lo... (Read More)
2/28/2013
Canyon High’s Criminal Justice students headed back to state competition Multiple students in Canyon High School teacher Steve Parker’s criminal justice classes are headed back to state competition. Several CHS students competed at the SkillsUSA District 10 contest in mid-February in Waco. They all qualified to compete at the state contest in Corpus Christi April 5-6. I... (Read More)
2/27/2013
Smithson Valley High students receive valuable experience in firefighter class Teacher Jason Gonzalez’s Firefighter I class at Smithson Valley High School conducted a project recently where students were able to use a fire extinguisher on a small controlled fire. The Bexar County Office of Emergency Management assisted with the activity. Other activities Gonzalez’s student... (Read More)
2/26/2013
Timberwood Park Elementary kinder students have fun after learning Kindergarten students at Timberwood Park Elementary successfully completed a lesson on the alphabet and how it relates to certain words. As a result, they were rewarded with a party in the school’s cafeteria where they got to dress up in costumes and invite their family members. Here, Gabe Trevino i... (Read More)
2/26/2013
SVHS Navy JROTC earns two more $180,000 scholarships Navy Recruiting District San Antonio awarded $180,000 college scholarships to two more Smithson Valley Navy JROTC cadets recently. Dylan Klaus earned a scholarship to the University of New Mexcio, and Michael Franklin earned his scholarship to the University of San Diego. Both students will study ... (Read More)
2/26/2013
Smithson Valley Middle students shine at Kids Have a Heart for Art show Congratulations to multiple Smithson Valley Middle students who won awards in the Kids Have a Heart for Art show sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League recently. Students winning first-place honors were Riley Vogt (Drawing 1) and Joie Parma (Drawing II and 3D Sculpture). Parma won Best of Categ... (Read More)
2/25/2013
News Briefs for Feb. 25, 2013 News Briefs this week include: School board to consider academic calendar for 2013-14; Comal ISD announces the 2013 Teachers of the Year; Comal ISD child nutrition sails through audit; AC-MECHS parent information meeting March 6; and Morningside Park Project added to city bond package.... (Read More)
2/19/2013
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2/19/2013
Canyon High’s golden athlete Chamaya Turner signs with Oklahoma One of the most highly-decorated athletes in Comal ISD history signed a national letter of intent to continue her track and field career at the University of Oklahoma. Canyon High School senior Chamaya Turner, a four-time gold medal winner during her first three years competing at the UIL State Tra... (Read More)
2/11/2013
Local technology team wins SA Mayor’s Cyber Cup, headed back to compete in Washington D.C. A local Alamo Academies' Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) CyberPatriot team was named the winner of the San Antonio Mayor's Cyber Cup on February 9. In March, the team will be heading to the CyberPatriot finals competition in Washington D.C. It is the second straight year a local ... (Read More)
2/11/2013
Five SVHS volleyball team members named Academic All-State Congratulations to the five members of the 2012 Smithson Valley High volleyball team who were named Academic All-State. To be named to this prestigious list, players must be seniors who maintain a grade point average of 92 or above and be positive role models not only on their campus but in the comm... (Read More)
2/11/2013
CLHS Interact Club donates time, denim in nationwide Teens for Jeans drive Canyon Lake High student Gabby Nafus shows her enthusiasm for the “Teens for Jeans” drive by jumping for joy. Nafus is a member of the school’s Interact Club, which focuses on community outreach service projects. The Interact Club collected more than 115 pairs of jeans from classmates and communit... (Read More)
2/7/2013
HLES students celebrate National School Counseling Week During National School Counseling Week February 4-8, Hoffmann Lane Elementary 2nd-graders gave school counselor Jackie Morin an apple and a thank you for all she does for the students. Pictured with Morin are (l-r) Audrey Bloxham, Hannah Jenkins, Landon Miller, Landry Blackburn and Allie Anderson.... (Read More)
2/7/2013
Chance for current 8th-grade students to earn 60 college credit hours attending AC-MECH, meetings Feb. 20 and March 6 Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School – An Opportunity of a Lifetime In partnership with St. Philip’s College, part of the Alamo Community College District, Comal ISD provides Early College High School for students interested in earning a High School Diploma as well as an Associate’s De... (Read More)
2/6/2013
Comal ISD students ink names on dotted line during National Signing Day Multiple Comal ISD athletes signed letters of intent to play on the gridiron at the next level on National Signing Day February 6. Canyon Lake High offensive lineman Weston Dicks signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State University as his proud parents Scott and Cindy Dicks sat close by. He was a thr... (Read More)
2/4/2013
Students across Comal ISD celebrate 100th day of school year Students across Comal ISD celebrated the 100th day of the 2012-13 school year on February 4. At Garden Ridge Elementary, students made colorful hats with the number “100” on them and participated in various classroom activities with a 100th day of school theme. Pictured here are 1st-graders in tea... (Read More)
2/4/2013
News Briefs for Feb. 4, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD employees to be ‘steppin’ up’; Two incumbents have filed for May board election; Board workshop to cover budget, strategic planning; Canyon Lake community participates in Random Acts of Kindness week; and Logo contest begins for technology showcase.... (Read More)
2/1/2013
CLHS senior featured on KENS5, named SA Stock Show Student of the Week Canyon Lake High senior Kaitlyn Platt didn’t know what to expect when she was picked by her Agriculture teachers Gary Adams and Wade Albert to receive recognition for her accomplishments in the school’s FFA program. She soon found out, as she was being interviewed by a KENS5 television reporter for... (Read More)
2/1/2013
Timberwood Park Elementary students enjoy Career Day Before the first Timberwood Park Elementary Career Day five years ago, student Kate Myles wanted to be a professional basketball player. While we still may see Myles, a 5th-grader in Jennifer White’s class, shooting hoops for the San Antonio Silver Stars one day, she’s broadened her list of career ... (Read More)
2/1/2013
Elvis hasn't left the building at Smithson Valley High Smithson Valley High sophomore Jaclyn Weida is creating her version of “The King” in teacher Diane Parker’s Painting II class. Students were assigned the task of taking a portrait of a famous person and recreating them using a pencil grid on poster board to start the project before using acrylic pa... (Read More)
1/31/2013
SVHS Culinary Arts students get real-world experience Students in the culinary arts classes of Smithson Valley High teacher Elaina Wood didn’t have much time to relax and smell the fresh veggies during a recent school lunch period. They were part of Comal ISD Master Chef Mario Perez’s team, which prepared and served a meal to the school’s students. “... (Read More)
1/28/2013
Canyon High students to perform “Hello, Dolly!” Feb. 1-4 at school’s PAC Canyon High students will be performing “Hello, Dolly!” February 1-4 at the school’s Performing Arts Center. The school’s theater, band, choir and dance departments will collaborate to perform the musical. “Hello, Dolly!” was first produced on Broadway in 1964, winning a total of 10 Tonys, includi... (Read More)
1/28/2013
Creative cell models produced in MVMS science classes Students in Debbie Bumgardner’s 6th-grade science classes at Mountain Valley Middle School capped off the two weeks they spent learning about cells by building a model. After learning about cells, students were able to look through a microscope and identify them. They then built either an animal o... (Read More)
1/25/2013
News Briefs for Jan. 25, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Outstanding Graduate nominations invited; Calling all Dad-types!; Student transfer application deadline is March 1; Early childhood screening to be Feb. 21; School Board filing runs through early March; Events mark Education Foundation’s spring.... (Read More)
1/25/2013
School board hears schedule advice from a veteran E. Don Brown, retired principal of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD is considered a trimester expert. With more than three decades of working successfully with the unique high school master schedule, he can answer most questions confidently. He knows this because he believes the sc... (Read More)
1/25/2013
School board postpones action on 2013-14 calendar The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday postponed until the Feb. 28 meeting any action on the 2013-14 academic calendar. After taking into consideration feedback from parents and community through town hall meetings and via the district website, administration presented a modified version of Dra... (Read More)
1/22/2013
Calendar tops community advisory meeting Nearly 75 parents and staff attended the first of three community advisory meetings at Canyon Lake High School on Monday to continue the dialogue with district administration about a variety of topics. The two draft calendars to be considered by the school board on Thursday topped the discussion.... (Read More)
1/22/2013
Number of cameras at Comal ISD campuses will continue to increase When it comes to safety and security in Comal ISD the district is leaving nothing to chance. Currently, more than 800 cameras are placed both inside and outside every one of Comal ISD’s high school and middle school campuses. Camera placement at all of the district’s elementary schools is in t... (Read More)
1/22/2013
Mountain Valley Middle students learn powerful MLK Day message Thanks to a combined lesson by teachers Susannah Henderson and Ariel Watson, 6th-grade students at Mountain Valley Middle know quite a bit more about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students watched a video as part of an assignment that included King’s famous “I Have a Dre... (Read More)
1/21/2013
News Briefs for Jan. 21, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Parents urged to attend community advisory meetings; School board to consider 2013-14 calendar; Elementary schools gear up for Jump Rope for Heart; Letters mailed to families eligible for ‘grandfather’ option at HLES, RCES and STZES; and Rebecca Creek Elementary receiv... (Read More)
1/18/2013
Update/clarification released on calendar proposals The Comal ISD Board of Trustees will consider a calendar for 2013-14 at the regular meeting on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be at the Support Services Building, 1404 Interstate 35 North in New Braunfels. The two drafts are posted on the district website, www.comalisd.org, and paren... (Read More)
1/17/2013
Historical figures come to life at Indian Springs living Wax Museum Indian Springs Elementary 5th-grader Brooke Malkey portrays Mercy Otis Warren, a political writer during the American Revolution. It was part of the school’s 5th-grade living Wax Museum held at ISES on January 15. Students chose a historical figure for a research paper. After completing the assignm... (Read More)
1/13/2013
Three Comal ISD students named to Class 5A All-State Band Comal ISD had three students qualify for the Class 5A All-State Band and one made school history. Canyon High seniors Tyler Neufer (French Horn) and Tommy Quill (Tuba), and Smithson Valley High junior Devyn Richter (flute) were all named All-State at area competition held at New Braunfels High on J... (Read More)
1/17/2012
SVHS baseball player Kyle Carroll signs to play at Ranger College Congratulations to Smithson Valley High first baseman/pitcher Kyle Carroll, who signed a letter of intent to continue his playing career at Ranger College on January 16. Carroll helped lead Smithson Valley High to the area playoffs last season. Pictured with Kyle are his parents, Jim and Donna Carro... (Read More)
1/16/2013
School bus lights mean stop! Hot coffee and listening to the radio accompany most morning commutes to work. The drive back home in the afternoon can be filled with thoughts of dinner plans or a taking a little nap. Then it happens—the view of red flashing lights and a stop sign jetting out from a large vehicle ahead. There i... (Read More)
1/15/2013
News Briefs for Jan. 15, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Strategic Planning Team embarks upon goals for future; Parents urged to attend community advisory meetings; Jan. 21 is a student holiday; ComalCares feedback boxes arrive at campuses; Comal ISD accepts referrals for the gifted/talented program; Student Health Advisory ... (Read More)
1/11/2013
SVMS Mustang Milers receive Comal Education Foundation grant The Smithson Valley Middle Mustang Milers 6th-grade running club began three years ago with help from an “ING Run For Something Better” grant. The group of young runners has seen their program thrive since then. “It is an organization that 6th grade students can join to find a love for running and... (Read More)
1/10/2013
Indian Springs Elementary receives $15,000 Healthy Campus Grant Indian Springs Elementary principal Marisa Wulfsberg and the rest of Comal ISD have kicked into gear a health initiative aimed at helping staff, students, and parents get physically fit. Reaching those goals, thanks to a $15,000 H-E-B Healthy Campus Grant Indian Springs Elementary recently received... (Read More)
1/7/2013
SVHS’ Liana Gombert named Area Volleyball Coach of the Year Smithson Valley High’s Liana Gombert was named the San Antonio Express-News Area Volleyball Coach of the Year. SVHS finished the season 36-10 overall and advanced to the UIL Class 5A Region IV finals, losing in four sets to eventual state finalist New Braunfels High. One of the highlights of the p... (Read More)
1/7/2013
New Briefs for Jan. 7, 2013 News Briefs this week include: Inclement weather procedures reviewed; Thank a school board member; CDC says “Take 3” actions to fight the flu.... (Read More)
1/7/2013
Bill Brown Elementary students create Cubist Guitars Students in art teacher Lizette Floyd’s 4th-grade classes at Bill Brown Elementary created numerous Cubist Guitars that greet visitors as they enter the school. Floyd’s students used white oil pastels to draw a guitar and fractured it in the style of cubism. They then filled in the fractured geomet... (Read More)
1/7/2013
Smithson Valley Middle School students having a blast in rocketry club The Mustang Aeronautics and Space Administration (MASA) rocket team is ready to start the New Year with a bang. Smithson Valley Middle School, home of the Mustangs, has welcomed the start of a new club recently, the MASA rocketry program. It is a group of dedicated students who me... (Read More)
12/21/2012
Advanced academics tops board discussion The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday took a close look at possible future modifications to the district’s advanced academics, including Pre-Advanced Placement (AP), AP and dual credit. The discussion was part of a report to the board and no action was taken.... (Read More)
12/20/2012
Oak Creek Elementary raises almost $3K for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society What started out as a school-wide theme about what it means to care quickly turned into a very successful fund-raiser at Oak Creek Elementary. As part of the school’s “Ocelot 6,” which stands for respect, citizenship, caring, fairness, trustworthiness and responsibility, Oak Creek Elementary began ... (Read More)
12/20/2012
Arlon Seay Elementary holiday show a hit The Arlon Seay Elementary put on quite a holiday show on November 19. The Maverick Choir performed three songs, including “Irish Blessing,” which was dedicated to the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The entire 5th grade then put on a musical called “Crazy Carol... (Read More)
12/17/2012
A Letter to the Parents and Community Superintendent Andrew Kim responds to the tragedy in Sandy Hook in letter to parents and the community.... (Read More)
12/17/2012
News Briefs for Dec. 17, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Superintendent Kim addresses parents about Sandy Hook; Early release planned prior to the holidays; Bond refunding nets $29.9 million savings; SVHS teacher receives $500 scholarship.... (Read More)
12/13/2012
Ten Canyon Lake High students make All-Area Band The following Canyon Lake High students qualified for All-Area Band at Navarro High School in late November. They will next try out for the Class 3A All-State Band on January 12 at Orange Grove High School on January 12. All-State Band members will perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention... (Read More)
12/13/2012
Kinder Ranch Elementary triplets celebrate dad’s return from Afghanistan Air Force Lt. Col. Timothy Phillips was in Afghanistan Monday morning not knowing exactly when he’d return home for the holidays. He got the word he would board a plane later that day and by the afternoon of Wednesday, December 12, he was standing inside Kinder Ranch Elementary School. The reunion... (Read More)
12/11/2012
Smithson Valley High trio named to All-Area Band Congratulations to the following Smithson Valley High students for being named to the All-Area Band. (Left to right) Devyn Richter (flute), Jennifer Labbe (clarinet) and Sarah Brashear (bassoon) made All-District and All-Region before qualifying for All-Area in tryouts at Judson High School in late... (Read More)
12/10/2012
CLHS Ballroom Dancers to perform at San Antonio Rampage game January 4 The Canyon Lake High First Class Ballroom Dancers will be performing at the San Antonio Rampage’s January 4 game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The game against Peoria begins at 7:30 p.m., and the CLHS dancers will perform during the first intermission. For ticket information, please email sneat... (Read More)
12/10/2012
Four SVHS students named to All-Region Choir, one makes All-Area Four Smithson Valley High students made the All-Region choir. One of those students, Michael Nichelson, qualified for the All-Area choir and earned the right to try out for the All-State choir in San Antonio in January. Ellen Perkins was named first alternate for the All-Area band. Pictured (l-r)... (Read More)
12/10/2012
News Briefs for Dec. 10, 2012 News Briefs this week include: ComalCares campaign emphasizes customer service; Neufer nabs prestigious concerto competition finalist; FASFA information night Dec. 18, CHS; Online surplus auction runs through Jan. 7; Holiday performances in abundance until Dec. 21; Early release planned prior to the... (Read More)
12/10/2012
Comal ISD partners with St. Jude’s in Gruene’s Jingle Bell 5K run, sets attendance record Comal ISD and the Jingle Bell 5K in Gruene run went together like hot apple cider and a warm holiday fire. With Comal ISD as St. Jude’s Jingle Bell 5K’s partner for the first time in the race’s 20-year history, the Jingle Bell 5K set an attendance record in Gruene with more than 1,850 adults and ch... (Read More)
12/7/2012
Life Bridges Transition Program celebrates move to spacious new building The Life Bridges Transition Program is celebrating the move into its spacious new home. Life Bridges, which was previously housed in several classrooms in a hallway at the former Goodwin Primary School, now has a building to call its own. The former Comal ISD Maintenance and Operations warehouse h... (Read More)
12/7/2012
Indian Springs Elementary collects more than 540 Toys for Tots Many children will have a happier holiday thanks to the efforts of the students and staff at Indian Springs Elementary School. More than 540 items ranging from games like Monopoly and Scrabble to boxes full of brand new stuffed animals were donated to Toys for Tots. On December 5, four members of ... (Read More)
12/7/2012
Smithson Valley Middle School Chess Club a hit The Smithson Valley Middle School Chess Club started in humorous fashion. When several students asked librarian Elizabeth Patterson if they could start a chess club earlier this semester, she turned to Google. “I Googled, ‘Starting a Chess Club,’” Patterson said. “What I read told me I need kids a... (Read More)
12/6/2012
Bill Brown Elementary students excel in nationwide math contest Bill Brown Elementary students in Matt Whyte’s 2nd-grade classroom weren’t a bit afraid when they entered a math contest competing against students in grades K-8. Sumdog included more than 600 schools and 3.8 million students nationwide. Whyte’s students amazingly finished 4th in the nation, with ... (Read More)
12/6/2012
Father surprises his daughters at RBES after returning from Afghanistan The last time Air Force Master Sergeant Stacy Sprowls returned from a tour in Iraq, his family surprised him as soon as he walked off the homebound airplane. This time around Sprowls was the one who had the element of unawareness on his side. With his two daughters seated together in the Rahe Bulv... (Read More)
12/4/2012
Strategic planning second phase begins with 45 Forty-five participants joined the Comal ISD strategic planning effort, kicking off the second phase of a community driven process that has been going on since January. The district’s strategic planning team comprises 60 individuals, who represent students, parents, teachers, administrators, staf... (Read More)
12/3/2012
Canyon High quartet make area band Four Canyon High band members (l-r) Caleb Connor (trumpet), Tyler Neufer (french horn), Tommy Quill (tuba) and Nathan Streger qualified for the Area band in late November. They are ranked in the top 10 percent of student musicians in the state. The Cougar quartet has now earned the right to auditio... (Read More)
12/3/2012
News Briefs for Dec. 3, 2012 News Briefs this week include: It’s not too late to sign up for Jingle Bell 5K; Holiday performances in abundance until Dec. 21; CISD adds Waste-to-Energy program; Early release planned prior to the holidays; SACC is hiring enthusiastic individuals.... (Read More)
11/29/2012
Canyon Lake High students raise more than $4,000 a dime at a time Who says a dime can’t buy anything anymore? Students at Canyon Lake High raised more than $4,000 during a two-week period leading up to the Thanksgiving break to help put holiday dinners on tables around the community. For every dime they donated, students were able to decorate a paper turkey feat... (Read More)
11/26/2012
News Briefs for Nov. 26, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Registration numbers climb for Jingle Bell 5K; Dual credit process continues at CHS, CLHS, SVHS; December SAT, ACT administration arrives; Recipe for Reach offers ways to stay connected.... (Read More)
11/20/2012
SVHS volleyball player Nina Mody-Bailey signs national letter of intent Smithson Valley High outside hitter Nina Mody-Bailey, twice named first-team All-District, signed a national letter of intent to play at Adams State University in Colorado on November 20. Mody-Bailey averaged 3.7 kills and 4.6 digs this season and helped lead the Rangers to the Class 5A regional fin... (Read More)
11/20/2012
Spring Branch Middle students perform Seussical Junior Spring Branch Middle students performed “Seussical Junior” on Nov. 20. The musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is based on the books of Dr. Seuss and debuted on Broadway in 2000. Nearly 150 SBMS students performed in the musical. The story is a complex compilation of many of Dr. Seuss's mo... (Read More)
11/19/2012
District health initiative kicks off with St. Jude’s Ranch Jingle Bell 5K A district-wide health initiative pointed initially at Comal ISD employees but ultimately working to capture all students and their families will roll out on Saturday, Dec. 8 with the St. Jude’s Ranch Jingle Bell 5K. After that “signature event,” the sky’s the limit for exercise, nutrition and menta... (Read More)
11/19/2012
News Briefs for Nov. 19, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD student holiday to be Nov. 21-23; CLHS dual credit process for 2013-14 released; Advancement requirements announced for 8th grade; Startzville parents creating a legacy; and CHS band students earn All-District honors.... (Read More)
11/16/2012
FES students participate in Walk-A-Thon; Comal ISD will kick off district-wide health initiative Dec. 8 with St. Jude’s Ranch Jingle Bell 5K in Gruene Students at Freiheit Elementary participated in the PTA Walk-A-Thon on November 15. Students got healthy by training during Rene Ortega's P.E. classes and also raised money for the school's PTA during the event. Grades K-5 participated and walked and jogged a total of nearly 600 miles. A district-wi... (Read More)
11/16/2012
Comal ISD trustees approve MVES attendance zones for 2013-14 The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday approved attendance zones for Mountain Valley (MVES), Rebecca Creek (RCES), Startzville (STZES) and Hoffmann Lane (HLES) elementary schools for 2013-14. The zones, which accommodate the opening of MVES, include an amendment to “grandfather” current student... (Read More)
11/15/2012
Three Smithson Valley High state champion softball players ink scholarships Three current seniors who helped Smithson Valley High win the UIL Class 4A State Softball title in June as juniors signed national letters of intent on November 15. Catcher Celina Massey, who had 38 runs batted in last season and hit the game-winning home run in the regional finals, signed with Texa... (Read More)
11/14/2012
Four CHS softball players sign to play at next level The Canyon High softball team had four seniors sign national letters of intent to play at the next level on November 14. The quartet helped lead Canyon High to a 30-7 record and a spot in the regional finals as juniors last season. All four will help lead the Cougarettes in their first season in Cl... (Read More)
11/14/2012
Cougarettes Strobos, Isbell sign to play collegiate volleyball Canyon High outside hitter Rafae Strobos and middle blocker Megan Isbell both signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at the next level on Nov. 14. Strobos and Isbell led Canyon High to a combined 77-19 record during their junior and senior seasons. The Cougarettes finished 38-8 this y... (Read More)
11/13/2012
ASE art program earns $5K Community Education Fund Grant from Target It’s not an exaggeration to say Arlon Seay Elementary art teacher Karen Williams was truly surprised when she earned a $5,000 Community Education Fund Grant from Target. “The first time I heard I won was when our secretary called my classroom and said she had a $5,000 check for me up front,” Willia... (Read More)
11/12/2012
Smithson Valley High hosts emotional Veterans Day ceremony Smithson Valley High held one of many Veterans Day Assemblies in Comal ISD on November 12. The Smithson Valley High band played the “Armed Forces Salute,” the choir sang “To Those Who Serve” and Army Sgt. (Ret.) Steve Land was the guest speaker. The Smithson Valley High Navy Junior ROTC presented ... (Read More)
11/12/2012
News Briefs for Nov. 12, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD assigned Triple-A rating from Fitch; School board to consider elementary attendance zones; School board workshop covers student performance; Dual credit process for 2013-14 released; Strategic planning effort continues with input gathering; End-of-course pare... (Read More)
11/9/2012
Hoffmann Lane Elementary holds Veterans Day ceremony Many local service men and women and veterans gathered at Hoffmann Lane Elementary on November 9 to celebrate Veterans Day. Those in attendance were treated to a breakfast, patriotic songs sung by the school’s choir, PowerPoint slideshows prepared by 4th-grade SAGE students to honor local veterans,... (Read More)
11/9/2012
Clear Spring Elementary choir puts on quite a Veterans Day performance Clear Spring Elementary choir students (l-r) Gina Guzior, Kaidin Garza, Chase Alavarado and Jala Crawford showed off their patriotism during their performance of "We Are Proud of Our Veterans” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” during the Canyon High Veterans Day ceremony on November 9. Sue Ann Studdard... (Read More)
11/9/2012
Canyon High holds one of Comal ISD’s many Veterans Day ceremonies Robert Lewis III could tell the true story of patriotism, loyalty and the love of one’s country better than anyone in a Canyon High School gym overflowing with students, current service men and women, and veterans on Friday. Lewis III received a two-minute standing ovation when Veterans Day ceremon... (Read More)
11/8/2012
Bill Brown Elementary kindergarten students busy with many different activities Kindergarten students at Bill Brown Elementary were participating in many different activities on November 7. In P.E., students first performed fitness activities such as jumping jacks, sit-ups and the bear crawl before attempting to thrown a Frisbee into a circled area. Students were also having ... (Read More)
11/6/2012
Kinder Ranch Elementary gets election fever The presidential candidates made a campaign stop at Kinder Ranch on Nov.5. The students in Sherry Metzger’s SAGE class made campaign speeches as Mitt Romney (R.J. Carver), Barack Obama (Carlos Villalobus), Joe Biden (Brayden Drury), and Paul Ryan (Alex McArthur). The wives of the candidates also ma... (Read More)
11/5/2012
News Briefs for Nov. 5, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Veterans Day celebration planned at all schools; Parent information meetings for STAAR continue this week; Accountability tops school board workshop; Gifted/talented referral meetings planned next week; and Online college fair to be Nov. 19-30.... (Read More)
11/1/2012
SVHS Agriculture Sales team finishes second at National FFA Convention The Agriculture Sales team at Smithson Valley High is officially becoming a dynasty. For the fourth time since 2007, the team qualified to compete at the National FFA Convention & Expo October 24-27 in Indianapolis. Although the team of four Rangers—Trevor Perkins, Kirsten Crutcher, Kyler Patton a... (Read More)
11/1/2012
First Bike Rodeo at Indian Springs Elementary a success Bulverde Police Department Sgt. Larry Rakoski checks the air pressure on Indian Springs Elementary student Aidenne DeSpres’ tires during the school’s Bike Rodeo on October 31. Rakoski also checked the breaks and chain of each student’s bike, and gave them Bulverde Police Department blinking lights ... (Read More)
10/30/2012
Timberwood Park Elementary students cast their votes The debates are over, the television campaign ads are thankfully in their final few days and it’s time to head to the polls and make your vote count. That’s not only the mindset of many registered voters nationwide, but also at Timberwood Park Elementary. Student in grades K-5 at TPES participated... (Read More)
10/29/2012
News Briefs for Oct. 29, 2012 News Briefs this week include: SVHS earns 2012 College Readiness Award; Parent information meetings for STAAR begin today; Dual credit process for 2013-14 released; Mobile immunization clinic to visit Bill Brown ES; Deadlines approach for SAT, ACT; Kim to serve on state leadership institute.... (Read More)
10/29/2012
CHS student Lauren Boyd wins gold medal at National FFA Fair Canyon High junior Lauren Boyd said she always had a desire for a career in the animal sciences. Now, she’s absolutely sure that’s the occupation path she’ll take. Being surrounded by nearly 55,000 likeminded individuals at the National FFA Convention & Expo October 24-27 in Indianapolis sealed th... (Read More)
10/29/2012
CHS theater students to present Pride and Prejudice November 3-5 Canyon High School proudly presents Pride and Prejudice in the CHS Performing Arts Center. Show times are Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m., Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m. and Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m. Set in early Victorian England, Jane Austen’s timeless tale of romance and unlikely antics comes ... (Read More)
10/29/2012
Oak Creek Elementary hosts healthy lifestyle event Oak Creek Elementary student Zaelynn Molina makes a nutritious garden wrap as Comal ISD Executive Chef Mario Perez looks on. Parents, students and Oak Creek Elementary volunteers took part in a “Healthy Afterschool Snack Ideas for Families” event on October 23. Perez helped teach participants how ... (Read More)
10/26/2012
End-of-course grading guidelines outlined The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday heard two changes to the grading guidelines to accommodate the state’s new assessment, STAAR. Possible policy changes, which must be approved by the school board, have been deferred until spring and possible modifications by the Texas Legislature.... (Read More)
10/26/2012
Comal ISD trustees continue discussion on attendance zone proposals The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday continued the discussion on proposed attendance zones to accommodate the opening of Mountain Valley Elementary School (MVES) in August 2013.... (Read More)
10/25/2012
SVHS students to perform Little Shop of Horrors November 3-5 at school’s PAC The Smithson Valley High School Fine Arts Departments presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” the musical, at the SVHS Performing Arts Center on November 3 at 7 p.m., November 4 at 2 p.m., and November 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for Adults. Pictured from left to right (aroun... (Read More)
10/25/2012
Timberwood Park students Team Up Against Drugs during Red Ribbon Week Surrounding Timberwood Park Elementary assistant principal Danielle Frei are an Aggie, a Longhorn a New England Patriot and two San Antonio Spurs. They are teacher Lyndsey McDermott’s kindergarten students (l-r) Joseph Fain, Cole Barefoot, Ethan Hawthorne, Jaylynn Guerra and Charles Schultz “Teami... (Read More)
10/25/2012
Five Comal ISD campuses recognized nationally by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Comal ISD has been at the forefront of the drive to make schools, students and staff healthier. Five Comal ISD campuses in particular – Clear Spring, Freiheit, Hoffmann Lane, Morningside and Timberwood Park elementary schools – have been recognized nationally for their efforts. Each campus receive... (Read More)
10/23/2012
MVMS teacher Andrew Rodriguez is the Comal ISD 2012-13 KENS5 ExCEL Award winner Comal ISD’s “A-Rod” had a much better October than the New York Yankees’ third baseman. Mountain Valley Middle School held a pep rally, which included the entire 8th-grade class, as well as teachers, administrators, cheerleaders and the dance team, as Algebra I and Pre-Algebra teacher Andrew Rodrigu... (Read More)
10/22/2012
Comal ISD STAR athletic program bowls another strike Church Hill Middle School student Joshua Berkobien doesn’t get the Monday blues – in fact he wishes every day was Monday. That’s when his STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) team heads to bowling practice every week. “Joshua’s asks me every day, ‘Is it Monday, is it Monday?’ sa... (Read More)
10/22/2012
Comal ISD kicks off Red Ribbon Week in style Students at Canyon Middle School “Kicked Off Red Ribbon Week” by wearing boots and students at Church Hill Middle wore pajamas as an anti-drug message to “Follow Your Dreams.” Comal ISD’s campuses district-wide began the celebration of Red Ribbon Week on October 22. Schools will have daily Red R... (Read More)
10/22/2012
News Briefs for Oct. 22, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Trustees to hear FIRST report, discuss MVES boundaries; Parent meetings for end-of-course exams begin next week; Campuses celebrate Red Ribbon Week; Comal Education Foundation celebrates successful year; and Attendance zone public hearings draw 90.... (Read More)
10/19/2012
Children, parents, community members celebrate Lights On Afterschool Hundreds of Comal ISD children, parents, and district leaders came together on October 18 at for the “Lights On Afterschool” event at all 17 district elementary schools. Lights On Afterschool is an annual event held nationwide to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students. It also draws att... (Read More)
10/18/2012
NB Fire Department makes an impact with visit to Morningside Elementary Several members of the New Braunfels Police Department visited Morningside Elementary on October 18. The students were treated to a performance by the “New Braunfels Firefighters Pipes & Drums” group, a band of drummers and bagpipe players, which perform at local parades and ceremonies, and at fune... (Read More)
10/17/2012
Parents offer input at attendance zone meeting for Mountain Valley Elementary School Some 65 parents of students who could be affected by new attendance zones to accommodate the opening of Mountain Valley Elementary School (MVES) in August 2013 spoke their minds during the first of three scheduled public hearings on Tuesday. The second hearing will be today at 6:30 p.m. at Canyon... (Read More)
10/15/2012
CLHS Junior ROTC students volunteer to help wounded soldiers Canyon Lake High Army Junior ROTC students volunteered recently in the “Float A Soldier” program. Soldiers who were injured in the line of duty and their families got a chance to spend the day fishing on Canyon Lake and were treated to a barbecue lunch. Soldiers also got to swim, jet-ski and partic... (Read More)
10/15/2012
News Briefs for Oct. 15, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD seeks input on attendance zone proposals; DEIC meets this week; Two new elementary assistant principals named; Campuses celebrate Red Ribbon Week; Substitute teachers needed! and Grey’s 5K to benefit newborn screening; and Comal Education Foundation hosts mus... (Read More)
10/14/2012
Smithson Valley High student Kendi Quidachay earns $180,000 ROTC scholarship Congratulations to Smithson Valley High Navy JROTC member Kendi Quidachay who earned a $180,000 Navy ROTC scholarship to Oregon State University where she plans on majoring in civil engineering. “I’m very impressed with all of the hard work Kendi has put in to get to this point,” said Vince Quidac... (Read More)
10/12/2012
Teacher and students prove carbon dioxide and water are the products of a fiery combustion at SBMS Spring Branch Middle School teacher Sarah Burkhardt and her students are not only learning but also preparing for a few frights they might experience on Halloween as she lights a bottle filled with a slight amount of rubbing alcohol. The experiment demonstrated that carbon dioxide and water are the ... (Read More)
10/12/2012
Students hone inferencing skills at Arlon Seay Elementary Students in Cec Pearson’s 5th-grade class were participating in a group exercise recently to hone their inferencing skills. Inferencing is the act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true. Students gather evidence, using resources like National Geograp... (Read More)
10/11/2012
Canyon High's Victoria Childs named National Merit Commended Canyon High School senior Victoria Childs was recently named a National Merit Commended Student. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarshi... (Read More)
10/11/2012
Chemical reactions in Spring Branch Middle science class Spring Branch Middle students Scott Welch (left) and Alexis Ryan are watching as carbon dioxide gas, which is colorless, tasteless and odorless, extinguishes the flame of a candle during an experiment in Sarah Burkhardt’s classroom. Students were investigating how evidence of chemical reactions indi... (Read More)
10/11/2012
Hula Hoop brings Arlon Seay Elementary students together for lesson on personal space Arlon Seay Elementary 1st-grade students (l-r) Brendan Heimer, Madeline Mahan, Marcus Solis, Joclyn Rios, Chase Knight and Hannah Renfrow are in teacher Denise Janes’ class listening to a tutorial given by school counselor Claudia Meis on personal space. Here, Meis has the students bunched together ... (Read More)
10/8/2012
News Briefs for Oct. 8, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Growth tops board retreat discussion; Comal ISD awarded $400,000 federal grant; Community Ed features craft extravaganza; ComalShares makes website debut; Comal ISD seeks input on attendance zone proposals; and Comal Education Foundation throws music festival.... (Read More)
10/8/2012
SVHS students volunteer as raised garden beds are added to campus About a dozen Smithson Valley High students moved, leveled and added structural support to new garden beds before filling them with mulch and soil. It is part of Resolute Health’s SOW Healthy Intergenerational Garden project, in partnership with Comal ISD and the Comal Education Foundation, which i... (Read More)
10/8/2012
Canyon Lake High students creating Folk Art Breanne Burgeois, a student in Claudette Cozzi’s Art II Sculpture class at Canyon Lake High School, is in the middle of a clay sculpture project. After her creation is heated in the classroom’s kiln, Burgeois said she would paint it with many different bright colors. It was part of an assignment to ... (Read More)
10/5/2012
Comal ISD dedicates 17th elementary school A cafeteria full of students, parents, staff and members of the Indian Springs community attended the formal dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of Indian Springs Elementary School (ISES) on Thursday, bringing the district’s tally of elementary schools to 17.... (Read More)
10/4/2012
Canyon Lake High senior Eric Schafer named National Merit Commended Canyon Lake High School senior Eric Schafer was recently named a National Merit Commended Student. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholars... (Read More)
10/4/2012
CLHS art students get creative Breanne Burgeois, a student in Claudette Cozzi’s Art II Sculpture class at Canyon Lake High School, is in the middle of a clay sculpture project. After her creation is heated in the classroom’s kiln, Burgeois said she would paint it with many different bright colors.... (Read More)
10/3/2012
Mountain Valley Middle School algebra students loving unique teaching style Mountain Valley Middle student Marley Bailey does her “homework” on the whiteboard during teacher Andrew Rodriguez’s Algebra I class. In a style known as “The Flipped Classroom,” Rodriguez records his Algebra-I lessons and posts them on Study Wiz, Comal ISD’s online learning management system, wher... (Read More)
10/3/2012
Making science fun at Specht Elementary Specht Elementary fifth-grade student Avery Streitz is all smiles as her experiment using oil to test the solubility of water works like a charm as teacher Kelly Taylor looks on. Students also used sand, sugar and soap during their water solubility tests.... (Read More)
10/3/2012
Johnson Ranch Elementary students celebrate with Kindy 500 Johnson Ranch Elementary recently celebrated its annual “Kindy 500.” Students in kindergarten learned about different modes of transportation leading up to the event. The students compared and contrasted water, air, and land types of transportation, finding many varieties of boats, airplanes, auto... (Read More)
10/1/2012
News Briefs for Oct. 1, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Indian Springs dedication set for Thursday; Comal Education Foundation throws music festival; and Comal ISD seeks input on attendance zone proposals.... (Read More)
9/27/2012
Chefs Move to Schools program comes to Morningside Elementary Students at Morningside Elementary got a first-hand lesson and taste of the “Chefs Move to Schools” program on September 27. Master chefs Ralph Garcia and Mario Perez led Pre-K and kindergarten students in “food art” creations. After Garcia taught the students how many fruits and vegetables they s... (Read More)
9/27/2012
Canyon Lake High students get involved with fight against Multiple Sclerosis Canyon Lake High senior Katie Marple was inspired when students in her graphics design class entered a contest to develop artwork that would be used to promote the “Bike MS: Valero 2012 Alamo Ride to the River” benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Freshman Duncan Coleman’s inspirati... (Read More)
9/24/2012
News Briefs for Sept. 24, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Friday is student/staff holiday; Community encouraged to attend advisory meetings; Indian Springs dedication set for Oct. 4; Comal ISD seeks input on attendance zone proposals; Gifted/Talented orientation meetings scheduled.... (Read More)
9/20/2012
School board gets first look at attendance zone proposal Three proposals for attendance zone boundaries to accommodate the opening of Mountain Valley Elementary School (MVES) were presented to the Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday during the regular meeting. MVES is located right off FM 306, near FM 2673, and is scheduled to open for the 2013-14 sch... (Read More)
9/20/2012
Trustees agree to hire additional teachers to address enrollment growth The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously agreed to hire 18 additional teachers for this school year to address higher then expected enrollment growth throughout the district. Ten of the teachers will be at the elementary level and eight of them will be at the secondary level. Estimate... (Read More)
9/20/2012
Morningside students request new park Ten students from Morningside Elementary School on Monday gave a formal presentation to the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board asking that a future park near their school be returned to the priority list. John Mathis, presiding officer, thanked the students for such an excellent ef... (Read More)
9/20/2012
Chefs Move to Schools event comes to Morningside Elementary September 27 Comal ISD will hold a “Chefs Move to Schools” event on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. at Morningside Elementary School. Master chefs Ralph Garcia and Mario Perez will be leading Pre-K and kindergarten students in “food art.” As part of this event, Comal ISD will continue to teach students the importa... (Read More)
9/18/2012
Smithson Valley Navy JROTC prepares for exciting 2012-13 school year Smithson Valley High School's Navy JROTC Battalion of 150 cadets marched in the Bulverde Jubilee Parade on September 14. The SVHS band, dance team and cheer teams also marched in the parade. The SVHS NJROTC Unit has a full schedule of events planned this year including the Comal Fair Day Parade, th... (Read More)
9/17/2012
News Briefs for Sept. 17, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Full agenda planned for September regular meeting; Community advisory meetings begin this week; Education Foundation employee giving campaign begins; and Outstanding students participate in leadership camps.... (Read More)
9/14/2012
Morningside Elementary students aren’t seesawing about their desires for a park near campus A group of Morningside Elementary student leaders will be making a presentation to the Advisory Board of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation on Tuesday, September 18 at City Hall in New Braunfels. The students’ goal is to have plans for a Morningside Park in their community added to the Advisory Boa... (Read More)
9/13/2012
Comal ISD students earn National Merit, Hispanic Recognition Program honors Of more than 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who took the Pre-SAT test in 2011, only 16,000 were named National Merit Semifinalists. Three of those National Merit Semifinalists are Canyon High School students. Jayci Givens, Teresa Hall and Luke Pickerill are the three disting... (Read More)
9/10/2012
News Briefs for Sept. 10, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD wins leadership circle award for transparency; Fight the mosquito bite with the four Ds; Common assessments will be more frequent, briefer; Oct. 5 deadline to register for end-of-course voluntary re-test; Gifted/Talented orientation meetings scheduled; Early ... (Read More)
9/7/2012
CHS Air Force ROTC cadets build strong team bonds at Newk’s Nearly 150 Canyon High School Air Force JROTC cadets participated in team building exercises at Newk’s Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels on September 7. The group included more than 25 cadets from Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School. There, they went through high-and low-rope zip lines, ... (Read More)
9/7/2012
Grandparents Day at Indian Springs and Oak Creek elementary schools More than 225 grandparents brought smiles to the faces of students at Indian Springs Elementary on September 7. It was the first-ever official Grandparent’s Day at Comal ISD’s newest campus. Grandparents were treated to breakfast, and visited classrooms where students had created poems and stories... (Read More)
9/4/2012
News Briefs for Sept. 4, 2012 Open House nights continue through September; October is time for Credit by Exam; Parenting workshop scheduled at Kinder Ranch; PSAT administered at CHS, SVHS and CLHS; Garden Ridge starts Chess Club.... (Read More)
8/31/2012
Sow Healthy Intergenerational Garden program expands to seven more Comal ISD campuses Resolute Health’s SOW Healthy Intergenerational Garden, in partnership with Comal ISD and the Comal Education Foundation, is expanding from one, 3-acre garden at Canyon High School, to seven more gardens at area schools: Morningside Elementary, Arlon Seay Elementary, Oak Creek Elementary, Smithson V... (Read More)
8/29/2012
School board approves $125.8 million budget The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously adopted a $125.8 million budget for 2012-13, though it is a smaller budget than last year serving a greater number of students.... (Read More)
8/29/2012
Comal ISD Summer 2012 Commencement Ceremonies held August 28 Comal ISD conducted its Summer 2012 Commencement Ceremonies on August 28 at the Support Services Building Board Room. In all, 10 students graduated: Alexandra Lehmann and Yohana Orduna (Canyon High School); Damon Chacon (Canyon Lake High); Katherine Lovell, Jessica Neal, Nicholas Villareal (Smithson... (Read More)
8/27/2012
Smooth sailing for Comal ISD on first day of school; Indian Springs Elementary opens, Andrew Kim visits campuses The first day of school in Comal ISD brought a few sniffles from moms and dads dropping off their little ones for the first time, but mostly smiles and laughter could be heard as buses, bicycles and cars arrived at different destinations across the district to deliver more than 18,000 students to 27... (Read More)
8/27/2012
News Briefs for Aug. 27, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Campuses welcome parents for Open House nights; School board to consider 2012-13 budget; Nominees sought for district leadership team; Sow Healthy gardens expand by seven campuses; and U.S. Navy Band Country Current to perform free concert.... (Read More)
8/24/2012
Canyon High marching band ends summer practice season The Canyon High marching band completed its final summer workout on the morning of August 24. Pictured are the entire marching band celebrating as they look forward to the upcoming season. Also pictured are tuba players (l-r) Jack Skinner, Tommy Quill and Leighton Buntin.... (Read More)
8/20/2012
News Briefs for Aug. 20, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Welcome back, students! Nominees sought for district leadership team; Public hearing on tax rate, budget to be Aug. 28; and U.S. Navy Band Country Current to perform free concert.... (Read More)
8/16/2012
Rahe Bulverde Elementary faculty makes generous donation to Bulverde Food Pantry Rahe Bulverde Elementary faculty members made generous donations of food and clothes to the Bulverde Food Pantry in mid-August. “They are so close to us we want to be partners with the food pantry and do anything we can to help them,” said Teresa Rogers, Rahe Bulverde Elementary principal. Bulve... (Read More)
8/16/2012
Comal ISD’s newest campus Indian Springs Elementary set to open August 27 Students and parents entering Comal ISD’s newest campus on the first day of school August 27 will see plenty of smiling faces to greet them. The work on the interior of Indian Springs Elementary is complete. The campus, which is located in the Indian Springs subdivision (25751 Wilderness Oak, San... (Read More)
8/13/2012
News Briefs for Aug. 13, 2012 News Briefs this week include: School board sets hearing for tax rate, budget; Student registration continues; SVHS to play O'Connor in 'Our Day to Shine;' and 'Opt-in' to automated texts from your campus.... (Read More)
6/9/2012
Pythons and porcupines and dragons, oh my: Comal ISD SACC program has fun end-of-summer event More than 550 students in the Comal ISD School Age Child Care (SACC) program enjoyed the Summer Safari Big Event held at Smithson Valley High on August 8. The event included a petting zoo with an alpaca, a bearded dragon lizard, a porcupine and even a non-venomous python snake. Other fun events st... (Read More)
8/7/2012
SVHS dedicates Jim Rodrigue Mat & Meeting Room In memory of former Comal ISD athletic director Jim Rodrigue, the mat and meeting room in the Smithson Valley High field house was renamed the Jim Rodrigue Mat & Meeting Room in a ceremony on August 6. Many of Rodrigue’s family members were present for the unveiling of several plaques and a present... (Read More)
8/6/2012
News Briefs for Aug. 6, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Budget workshop slated for Aug. 9; and student registration continues.... (Read More)
7/30/2012
Smithson Valley High media team takes home honors The Smithson Valley High School Media Team returned from the Interscholastic League Press Conference Summer Workshop recently with awards for web design, photography and multimedia and video editing. Adviser Margaret Edmonson escorted student publishers Sarah Montgomery and Robert Evans, business m... (Read More)
7/24/2012
Pre-K Round Up helps parents register students in Comal ISD Comal ISD’s first Pre-K Round Up was held July 24 at Freiheit Elementary School. Parents registered their students for Pre-K for the upcoming school year. Comal ISD campuses that will have Pre-K during 2012-13 include: Morningside, Clear Spring, Goodwin Frazier, Startzville, Rebecca Creek, Bill B... (Read More)
7/23/2012
News Briefs for July 23, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Student registration begins next week; Church Hill names new assistant principal.... (Read More)
7/19/2012
State Champion Smithson Valley High softball team recognized by School Board The Comal ISD School Board recognized the Smithson Valley High softball team during its regular meeting July 18 at the Support Services Building in New Braunfels. Smithson Valley High captured the UIL Class 4A state softball title in early June. It was the third state title since 2001 for the SVHS ... (Read More)
7/18/2012
Comal ISD hires Andrew Kim The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously voted to hire Andrew Kim, formerly superintendent of Manor ISD, as the superintendent for Comal ISD. The three-year contract includes a base salary of $188,000.... (Read More)
7/16/2012
News Briefs for July 16, 2012 News Briefs this week include: School board to vote on superintendent contract; Pre-K Round Up scheduled for July 24 and 26; Comal ISD seeks substitute teachers, bus drivers; SVHS media team takes home honors; KRES 'Book Buggy' delivers summertime reading; and Back-to-school season begins.... (Read More)
6/27/2012
STAAR preliminary results show bright spots Preliminary results for students in Comal ISD who participated in the new statewide assessment, STAAR, this past year exceeded the state’s passing standards in every content area.... (Read More)
6/27/2012
School Board approves pay raise/retention bonus The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a step increase pay raise for teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians and diagnosticians, plus a retention bonus for all employees. ... (Read More)
6/26/2012
CHS Air Force JROTC cadets earn top awards Three Canyon High School Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) cadets earned Top Graduate Awards recently at Summer Leadership Schools (SLS). All 26 Canyon High JROTC cadets who attended one of three leadership schools graduated from the weeklong AFJROTC Tri-Level SLS. All of the SLS were held at Schrein... (Read More)
6/25/2012
News Briefs for June 25, 2012 News Briefs this week include: School board to discuss possible pay raise; Goodwin Frazier student finalist in essay contest; Healthier Generation recognizes Freiheit Elementary; Pre-K Round Up scheduled for July 24 and 26.... (Read More)
6/20/2012
Dr. Marc Walker made honorary Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Comal ISD superintendent Dr. Marc Walker was made an honorary Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy on June 20. Sheriff Bob Holder presented Walker with a plaque in front of a group of more than 100 students attending the summer’s first Junior Deputy Clinic. The students were touring the Comal County Sheri... (Read More)
6/20/2012
News Briefs for June 20, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Lone finalist Kim's community meetings scheduled; three district swimming pools open for summer; private school students eligible for federal programs; Pre-K Round Up scheduled for July 24 and 26; and assistant principals swap positions.... (Read More)
6/12/2012
School board broaches possibility of raise, bonus The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Monday in a budget workshop broached the possibility of a pay step increase for teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians and a $1,000 retention bonus for all employees for the 2012-13 school year. For teachers, the combination of step raise and retention bonu... (Read More)
6/12/2012
Students in School Age Child Care Summer Safari program gearing up for fun The summer fun has already started for students involved in Comal ISD’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program. Students from the Bill Brown and Hoffmann Lane elementary locations recently took a trip to ZDT’s Amusement Park in Seguin and enjoyed arcade games, go-karts, a water slide and a jungle pla... (Read More)
6/11/2012
Andrew Kim named lone finalist for Comal ISD superintendent position The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously named Andrew Kim as lone finalist for superintendent. Kim is currently the Manor ISD superintendent, a position he has held since February 2008. After the state-mandated 21-day waiting period, Kim’s first official day as Comal ISD superinte... (Read More)
6/2/2012
Smithson Valley High captures third UIL State Softball title in school history Just when it looked like Smithson Valley was going to cruise to its third state softball title in school history, Montgomery rallied late to make things very interesting. In the end, however, the Lady Rangers had what it took to come home with a dramatic 9-8 win June 2 at UT-Austin’s McCombs Field ... (Read More)
5/30/2012
News Briefs for May 29, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Instruction administrative changes announced; Existing student registration dates posted; Canyon Lake High School makes national rank; Student design wins 'Alamo Ride to the River' campaign; and Budget workshop planned for June 12.... (Read More)
5/29/2012
Charley Drum named new CLHS athletic coordinator, head football coach Charley Drum has been named the new head football coach and athletic coordinator at Canyon Lake High School effective immediately. He takes over for Matt Monzingo, who was named Comal ISD’s athletic director in mid-May. Drum served as assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator since C... (Read More)
6/2/2012
More than 1,000 Comal ISD students graduate Saturday at Strahan Coliseum Comal ISD graduated about 1,040 seniors from its three comprehensive high schools on May 26 at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. Canyon High started the pomp and circumstance with 400 graduates, Smithson Valley High’s 440 graduating students followed and Canyon Lake High’s 200 students that walked th... (Read More)
5/25/2012
Freiheit Elementary receives $5,000 grant from Tanger Outlets Freiheit Elementary received a $5,000 check on May 25 from the TangerKIDS Grants program. The grant is funding to support the First in Math online program. First In Math is an educational website that gets young people excited about math. It helps develop and reinforce basic concepts, and is a gre... (Read More)
5/24/2012
Swearing-in of five trustees begins May meeting Five of seven school board members took the oath of office on Wednesday to begin the May regular meeting of the Comal ISD Board of Trustees. Incumbents Stephen Smith, District 1, and David Drastata, District 2, were sworn in for three-year terms. Amy Freund takes a three-year term in the District 5... (Read More)
5/23/2012
The Comal Academy kicks off Comal ISD’s graduation week The Comal Academy, the district’s self-paced high school, kicked off Comal ISD’s graduation week with a ceremony at Smithson Valley High. The Academy’s 68 graduates walked the stage on May 22. “I’m very proud of each and every one of our students,” said Academy principal Karen Stevens. “They stay... (Read More)
5/22/2012
Early Release Thursday and Friday On Thursday, May 24, middle and high schools will release at 1 p.m. On Friday, May 25, middle and high schools will release at 11:30 a.m. and elementary schools will release at 1:15 p.m. Buses will run according to this schedule. ... (Read More)
5/22/2012
Congressman Lamar Smith visits Smithson Valley High U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith (Rep. District 21) presented the Yale Book Award to Smithson Valley High student Jeffrey Ling at the SVHS campus on May 21. The Yale Book Award is an annual prize presented to high school juniors that demonstrate outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.... (Read More)
5/22/2012
Comal ISD’s G/T Showcase is a blast for students, teachers and parents If you wanted to learn about ancient civilizations, ecosystems, the history of flight, illuminated manuscripts or even fibrocystic kidney disease research, the Comal ISD G/T Showcase held at Mountain Valley Middle School on May 21 was the place for you. Those topics and many more were on display as... (Read More)
5/18/2012
News Briefs for May 18, 2012 News Briefs this week include: swearing-in tops school board meeting agenda; finals, last day of school, then graduation! GT Showcase to be May 21; Swimming added to summer programs for all ages; ACMECHS welcomes next year’s 9th graders; and Comal ISD recognizes outstanding substitute teachers.... (Read More)
5/18/2012
Six SVHS Navy JROTC seniors receive scholarships, program earns Distinguished Unit with Honors accolade The Smithson Valley High School Navy JROTC Unit held its annual awards ceremony recently. Many awards were given to the cadets, including The Order of the Daedalians, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Navy League Award and the Military Order of th... (Read More)
5/18/2012
Canyon High’s Cregier, Garcia named Outstanding Air Force JROTC Instructors Congratulations to Canyon High instructors Kevin Cregier and Ed Garcia who were selected as two of the 2011-12 Outstanding Instructors for HQ Air Force JROTC for the second straight school year. Only 108 of the approximately 1,900 Air Force JROTC instructors worldwide were named to this prestigious... (Read More)
5/16/2012
Rebecca Creek volunteers ‘build’ lifelong readers Throughout the school year, volunteers spend at least one day a week with 1st grade students at Rebecca Creek Elementary School (RCES), helping them learn to read. There’s proof in the school’s scores that this assistance is helping improve student performance. There’s a good chance that these st... (Read More)
5/16/2012
An outstanding night for graduates, their teachers The annual Jan Heckendorn Academic Recognition Banquet on Tuesday delivered plenty of emotion, much of it laughter through the tears, as the Top 15 graduates of each of the three comprehensive high schools said what was on their hearts about their favorite teachers. Others were lauded and remembe... (Read More)
5/15/2012
Matt Monzingo named Comal ISD Athletic Director Matt Monzingo has been named the new Comal ISD Athletic Director effective at the end of May. Monzingo takes over for Jim Rodrigue, who passed away after a short illness in April. Monzingo has been the head football coach and athletic coordinator at Canyon Lake High School since it opened in 2... (Read More)
5/14/2012
Canyon High's Turner strikes gold twice at UIL track and field meet, other Comal ISD athletes fare well The search for gold was twice as nice for Canyon High’s Chamaya Turner at the 2012 UIL Class 4A State Track and Field Meet. Turner, a junior, already had earned two gold medals from her previous trips to the state meet, but had never won two in the same year. On Friday, May 11, Turner won gold in... (Read More)
5/9/2012
Specht Elementary claims Comal ISD’s first Battle of the Bluebonnet Books Many bluebonnets line the highways and hillsides of Central Texas thanks to plenty of rain this spring. But the kind of bluebonnets elementary students in Comal ISD have been concentrating on recently had hardback covers and pages full of words that have sparked the imaginations of many young peopl... (Read More)
5/9/2012
Young Author’s Celebration at Garden Ridge Elementary continues to grow Comal ISD school board member Bill Swint had it right when he said of Garden Ridge Elementary, “I’m glad we made the parking lot bigger.” Cars, trucks and SUVs overflowed the lots surrounding the campus for what has become one of the most anticipated yearly events at the school. The Young Author’s... (Read More)
5/9/2012
Board names York for District 3, talks budget The Comal ISD school board on Tuesday named Jason York as the single-member district 3 trustee until May 2013. York, along with Nancy Pappas for single-member district 4 and Amy Freund for single-member district 5 will be sworn in as the newest members of the board on Wednesday, May 23. During th... (Read More)
5/9/2012
Comal ISD’s 2012 Outstanding Graduates have seen their careers blast off Comal ISD’s two Outstanding Graduates this year have literally seen their careers skyrocket. Both Cerise Schlichting Reed and Russell Burkey have worked in the field of Aeronautics and have had a big impact on the International Space Station. Burkey, who was Smithson Valley High’s valedictoria... (Read More)
5/8/2012
Rachel’s Rally marks beginning, not end of chain reaction of kindness With a plea by students and staff at the Canyon Lake High School (CLHS) feeder schools that the culminating ceremony of Rachel’s Challenge mark the beginning of the “chain reaction of kindness,” more than 200 braved the heat on Saturday for Rachel’s Rally. After students from campuses—Startzville a... (Read More)
5/6/2012
NBPD helps students enjoy Bike Rodeo at Morningside Elementary Morningside Elementary second-grade student Faith Dasso gets a top-notch bike inspection from New Braunfels Police Department Officer Michael Seibert during the school's Bike Rodeo May 4. Students and volunteers took advantage of the great weather as countless bikes were fine-tuned for summer fun.... (Read More)
5/8/2012
SVHS students earn Community Emergency Response Team Certificate Firefighter I/CERT Training Exercise took place recently at Smithson Valley High. Students in teacher Jason Gonzalez’s class who participated in the exercise were able to earn their CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Certificate. Students who earned their CERT certificate were: Joshua Heim, P... (Read More)
5/7/2012
Teachers lauded at employee appreciation fete An elementary teacher who considers it a great accomplishment when a student takes something she learned, applies it to her life and teaches someone else, and a middle school teacher whose goal is to “make little patriots,” have been named 2012 Comal ISD Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year.... (Read More)
5/7/2012
News Briefs for May 7, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Deadline brings a variety of applicants; Budget workshop begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday; GT Showcase to be May 21; SACC Safari Summer Program is now enrolling; Honor a teacher with a CEF Honor Award; CHS' Emily Drastata named Express-News All Regional.... (Read More)
5/4/2012
Hundreds attend Smithson Valley High Tech Showcase, final showcase scheduled for Canyon High May 16 Students in all grades, K-12, in the Smithson Valley High feeder pattern proudly displayed technology projects they’ve been working on all school year to more than 1,000 parents and community members on May 2. Topics ranged from “Technology rocks in Spanish Class!,” to “Videoconferencing in the Ele... (Read More)
5/3/2012
Rachel’s Challenge Rally, Family Summit complete with carnival games and Health Fair Saturday at Canyon Lake High Last September, students and a community rallied around a simple message – make sure no one at your school feels left out or lonely. Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999, tried to spread this message every day during her life. The national “Rach... (Read More)
4/30/2012
News Briefs for April 30, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Annual technology showcases begin this week; Student artwork to be showcased throughout May; Church Hill MS assistant principal named; and TODASTWD is June 7.... (Read More)
4/30/2012
Annual technology showcases May 2 at SVHS, May 9 at CLHS and May 16 at CHS The annual Comal ISD technology showcases—events that bring thousands of students, parents and staff to the district's three comprehensive high schools to witness the role technology plays in the classroom—will take place the first three Wednesdays in May. The first showcase will be at Smithson V... (Read More)
4/27/2012
District 3 applicants sought The Comal ISD Board of Trustees is seeking applicants for single-member district 3, a position that will be vacated by Frank Baker on May 23. Applications will be accepted through May 4 at 4 p.m.... (Read More)
4/27/2012
Board names Pappas for District 4, re-opens 3 The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously appointed Nancy Pappas to fill the District 4 seat on the school board until May 2013. The board voted to re-open the District 3 position until May 4.... (Read More)
4/26/2012
Smithson Valley High produces several state champions in FCCLA competition Smithson Valley High School FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) students came home with several state championships at the State STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) competition April 12-14 in Dallas. Colton Harrison, Darius Kipp, and Carlo Antoniolli placed first overa... (Read More)
4/26/2012
Canyon High students compete at State Visual Arts Scholastic Event The following students from Canyon High School represented Comal ISD in the State V.A.S.E. (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) on April 13 at Bryan High School. They competed against more than 1,400 state qualifiers at the event. Canyon High’s Giovanni De La Cruz received a superior rating of 4, while... (Read More)
4/23/2012
Real world experience helps in the classroom too A panel of “real-world” experts on Tuesday offered high school language arts teachers advice in preparing their students for life after high school, whether it’s college, military service or a career.... (Read More)
4/23/2012
News Briefs for April 23, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Second round of STAAR this week; New board members to be named on Thursday; College for Parents information night, May 1; Foundation Golf Tourney 'putts' another success; Accelerated testing dates announced; Rachel's Challenge Rally set for May 5; and It's time to draw... (Read More)
4/19/2012
Comal ISD rallies behind Morningside Elementary student during SPUD Week Despite the fact she hadn’t had a haircut in three years, Canyon High junior Nelly Rodriguez didn’t think twice about getting nearly half of her hair cut off in front of dozens of her classmates at lunch on April 19. CHS students lined up one after another in the school’s courtyard to participate i... (Read More)
4/19/2012
Comal ISD students, faculty appreciate volunteers Timberwood Park Elementary student Alexander Baker proudly shows off the pen he designed for National Volunteer Week (April 15-21). Students designed pens with a flower design. The pen Baker made comes complete with a package of sunflower seeds attached. The pens, and other gifts, will be presented ... (Read More)
4/19/2012
National Library Week celebrated at Timberwood Park Elementary Students at Timberwood Park Elementary celebrated National Library Week (April 8-14) by presenting librarian Yvonne Keranen an appreciation book. The book includes photos of students in every class in the school holding up their favorite book, as well as personal notes to Keranen about why they appr... (Read More)
4/18/2012
Kinder Ranch Elementary students win regional stock market game When Kinder Ranch Elementary 5th-grade student Abigail Hinojosa learned she and two of her classmates were teaming up in a regional stock market game, she said they was hoping for a top-20 finish. After the 10-week contest concluded, Rebecca Covington, Damita Mendoza and Hinojosa learned they place... (Read More)
4/18/2012
SVHS girls golf team wins regional tournament, qualifies for state The Smithson Valley High girls golf team is getting used to trips to Austin. The Lady Rangers won the Class 4A Region IV Golf Tournament held at The Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio April 16-17 to advance to state. SVHS sophomore Johany Rivera finished in second place in the individual medalist r... (Read More)
4/16/2012
Canyon High, Smithson Valley Middle students win first Comal ISD Algebra Bowl The Comal ISD math and technology departments likened the first district-wide Algebra Bowl to a version of NCAA’s “March Madness” basketball tournament before the event kicked off. The drama in the Algebra Bowl’s final match on April 13 certainly proved as exciting as a few of the last-second hoo... (Read More)
4/16/2012
News Briefs for April 16, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Rachel's Challenge Rally set for May 5; Board seeks applicants for two seats; and Advanced academics parent meeting announced.... (Read More)
4/10/2012
Ceremony bittersweet for superintendent The climate was celebratory on Tuesday morning as Canyon Lake and Comal ISD officials formally “broke ground” for the construction of an elementary school on FM 306. However, for some, the tenor was bittersweet as Dr. Marc Walker conducted his final groundbreaking for the district. The campus, wh... (Read More)
4/9/2012
Comal ISD STAR athletes kick off track and field meet at CHS The Comal ISD STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) athletes continued their tradition of opening the Cougar Relays at the Canyon High track and field meet on April 5 by running several races, including a 100-meter dash and a wheelchair race. Every STAR athlete who participated ea... (Read More)
4/9/2012
News Briefs for April 4, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Board seeks applicants for two seats; Dual language program parent meetings begin this week; Groundbreaking for FM 306 school to be April 10; Advanced academics parent meeting announced; Education Foundation Golf Tournament tees off Monday; Spring Branch MS raises $5,8... (Read More)
4/5/2012
Former SVHS star, current Minnesota Vikings player Andrew Sendejo visits Specht Elementary Former Smithson Valley High star student-athlete and current Minnesota Vikings football player Andrew Sendejo paid a visit to Denise Stout’s 1st-grade class at Specht Elementary recently. Sendejo read a book to the class titled “If you take a mouse to school.” He also stressed to the students the ... (Read More)
4/2/2012
Comal ISD’s charismatic Athletic Director Jim Rodrigue passes away at age 65 Comal ISD lost one of its most charismatic personalities April 1, as athletic director Jim Rodrigue passed away at age 65. Rodrigue, who spent 40 years in education, had successful head football coaching runs at San Antonio Madison and Belton high schools before he was hired at Comal ISD, where he ... (Read More)
3/30/2012
News Briefs for March 30, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Nearly 100 gather for strategic planning; AC-MECHS stages ‘hunger banquet’; and It’s time to draw the line on underage drinking.... (Read More)
3/30/2012
School board seeks two trustees Following an executive session on Thursday, Frank Baker, president of the Comal ISD Board of Trustees announced that his last board meeting will be May 23. The school board will be accepting applications for single-member district 3, currently held by Baker, and single-member district 4, previously ... (Read More)
3/29/2012
Freiheit Elementary students enjoy Rodeo Day Kindergarten students at Freiheit Elementary met a real life cowboy during Rodeo Day recently as Brian Lipsey visited the campus with his team-roping horse Pico. During the morning visit, teachers taught the students about saddles, spurs, roping, horses and cowboys, and what they all meant to the h... (Read More)
3/28/2012
SVHS senior Taylor Walker going hog wild with Grand Champion titles this year Entering a show ring with a hog may not sound like the glamour life, but it has earned Smithson Valley High senior Taylor Walker numerous statewide and national honors – not to mention a pile of cash for college. Walker and her hog “Santeria” won Grand Champion at the Star of Texas Livestock Show i... (Read More)
3/28/2012
Students shine in Math Olympiad at Rahe Bulverde Elementary Congratulations to all the 4th and 5th grade students who participated in Rahe Bulverde's first Math Olympiad. The "mathletes," with the help of their teachers, worked hard learning math and logic strategies. They trained their brains on Thursday afternoons from mid-September until early March. ... (Read More)
3/26/2012
Dual language parent information meetings announced Comal ISD offers two Spanish/English programs for elementary students: Spanish Immersion and Dual Language. Parent information meetings are scheduled for mid-April at five campuses. For more details about the programs and meeting times, please click on the release.... (Read More)
3/26/2012
News Briefs for March 26, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD seeks input on new superintendent; Elections and contracts top board agenda; Action Teams gather for strategic planning orientation; CHS presents "College 101" on April 17; and Hawks Market Day on April 21... (Read More)
3/23/2012
Canyon High students Parker, Hernandez receive inaugural Edmund Kuempel Public Service Scholarship Known for his friendly and outgoing personality, Edmund Kuempel was one of the most beloved members of the Texas House of Representatives for nearly 30 years. Two Canyon High students distinguished themselves by being named the recipients of the inaugural Edmund Kuempel Public Service Scholarship. ... (Read More)
3/22/2011
Elementary students learn optical illusions art style Fifth-grade students in Lizette Floyd’s art classes at Bill Brown Elementary recently completed a project learning about Op Art. These beautiful and interesting creations can be seen in the school’s front entrance hallway. Op Art is a 20th Century style of visual art that makes use of optical illusi... (Read More)
3/22/2011
Students at Startzville Elementary perform musical Students at Startzville performed to a standing-room only crowd full of students, faculty and family members in the school’s cafeteria on March 22. Music teacher Theresa Haag had her 2nd-grade students take the stage to perform the musical “Bugz” by John Higgins and John Jacobson. “Bugz” is a musi... (Read More)
3/22/2011
Church Hill Middle student wins Grand Champion Junior Market Steer in Houston When Church Hill Middle School student Kannon Acker-Goodson purchased a calf on Friday the 13th in May of 2011, he decided to pick an appropriate name. He chose one of the most famous horror flick villains of all time, Freddy Krueger. It actually turned out to be one of the luckiest moves the 8th... (Read More)
3/21/2012
Canyon High's Nichols signs with Mary Hardin-Baylor Canyon High defensive end Jon Nichols, pictured here with his mother Rose Nichols, signed a national letter of intent to continue his football career at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on March 21. Nichols was a First-Team All-District performer in 2011 and helped lead Canyon to the bi-district... (Read More)
3/20/2012
Bill Brown Elementary students learn during literacy center assignments Bill Brown Elementary 1st-grade student Karoline Kothmann is putting her book “Phonics Practice Reader” to great use during a literacy center assignment in Amber Bordano’s classroom. During literacy centers, with teacher guidance, students read and collaborate with each other to discuss things like ... (Read More)
3/20/2012
Kindergarten students create insect environments at BBES Kindergarten student Ella Pickron adds a flower, caterpillar and butterfly to her insect garden in teacher Shalyn Schroeder’s class at Bill Brown elementary. Schroeder’s students have been studying insects recently, and their assignment was to create a natural environment where insects could live.... (Read More)
3/20/2012
Spring Branch Middle band students prepare for UIL contests Members of the Spring Branch Middle band take a quick break from practicing to show off their school pride. They are preparing for the upcoming UIL concert and sight-reading contests under the guidance of Spring Branch Middle band directors Cody Richardson and Jeannie Reed. ... (Read More)
3/19/2012
News Briefs for March 19, 2012 News Briefs this week include: STAAR exams begin next week and dual language parent information meetings announced.... (Read More)
3/9/2012
News Briefs for March 9, 2012 News Briefs this week include: CHS students win Battle of Flowers design contest; Science fair winners advance to state competition; School board election to be cancelled; Groundbreaking for FM 306 school to be April 10.... (Read More)
3/6/2012
Garden Ridge Elementary students perform rhyming-style music in show Second-grade students at Garden Ridge Elementary performed Mark Burrows’ “The Box” on March 6. The Box is a fun musical celebration of the boundless imagination found in every child that can turn, for example, a cardboard box a refrigerator came in into a world of possibilities. Students were abl... (Read More)
3/6/2012
WOAI Chief Meteorologist visits Kinder Ranch Elementary School WOAI Chief Meteorologist John Gerard visited with Kinder Ranch Elementary School 4th and 5th grade students recently to discuss weather as well as career choices in meteorology. He also talked about the causes and effects of weather, and how to read a weather map. Afterward, all the students wrote G... (Read More)
3/6/2012
Canyon High BPA students win state, qualify for nationals Four Canyon High School students traveled to Dallas February 29-March 3 to participate in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference. The talented Canyon quartet, Dusty Lynch, Clay Moczygemba, Kaci Rice and Kayleigh Wright, beat out more than 40 teams to win first plac... (Read More)
3/2/2012
MVMS student Coleman advances to Texas History Day competition in Austin Congratulations to Mountain Valley Middle student Duncan Coleman. He won 1st place at the San Antonio Regional History Day in the junior (6-8th grade) individual exhibit category recently. He also received the Boyd Harrison Trophy for Outstanding Regional Entry. Duncan’s project titled, “Votes fo... (Read More)
3/2/2012
News Briefs for March 2, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Spring Break to be March 12-16; Superintendent search timeline released; Town Hall meeting planned at TPES; and Classes for SAT preparation offered in mid-March.... (Read More)
3/2/2012
Many Comal ISD students compete in County Youth Livestock Show More than 250 Comal ISD students participated in the Comal County Youth Livestock Show at the Fairgrounds in New Braunfels. Pictured are (l-r) Becky Walker, Comal ISD Director of Career and Technology Education, David Drastata, School Board Vice President, Smithson Valley High freshman Trevor Perk... (Read More)
3/1/2012
Comal ISD claims many awards at statewide school public relations convention Comal ISD received multiple awards for excellence in school communications at the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) annual state conference in Austin. Jason Gordon, Comal ISD Communications Specialist, received seven Gold Star Awards in different writing and photography categories.... (Read More)
3/1/2012
Prizes given away in Comal ISD Tech Showcase logo design contest Smithson Valley High senior Michaela Dominguez-Morgan certainly proved to the Comal ISD technology department the educational path she plans to embark on at Texas Tech University is the correct one. Dominguez-Morgan beat out more than 300 other students from around Comal ISD in a logo-design contes... (Read More)
3/1/2012
Outreach For Smiles dental clinic program helps many in Comal ISD Students at Rebecca Creek Elementary had a reason to smile February 27-March 2 as the “Outreach For Smiles” dental clinic paid a visit to the RCES campus. This outreach program brings dental technicians to local schools in the greater San Antonio area and beyond. Its services are available to stude... (Read More)
3/1/2012
Students have fun with biography bowling in RCES library Students in the Rebecca Creek Elementary library received fun lesson called “biography bowling” recently. Librarian Cindy Bishop had students race to the biography section, select a book, and then see how many pins they could knock down on a bowling lane she created. Students earned points for both ... (Read More)
3/1/2012
Canyon Lake High students get creative in art class Students in Claudette Cozzi’s Art I classes at Canyon Lake High have been working on Repoussé metalworking. Repoussé is a technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design. Pictured is CLHS student Gabbie Nafus, with her dragon-themed ... (Read More)
3/1/2012
Campus administrative changes announced Comal ISD administration announces the following shifts in campus administrators, effective for the 2012-13 school year: Marisa Wulfsberg, currently the principal of Freiheit Elementary School, is the principal of the district’s newest elementary school, Indian Springs Elementary School; Tracy Kott... (Read More)
2/27/2012
Smithson Valley High's Lathrop named National Merit Finalist Taylor Lathrop already distinguished himself this school year by becoming Smithson Valley High’s first student in 10 years to make the All-State band. The nation just found out recently what many in Comal ISD already know – Lathrop is a pretty smart trombone player. Lathrop was recently named a Na... (Read More)
2/27/2012
SVHS student Day authors a book about her battle with braces Getting braces is a dental rite of passage many teenagers suffer through. As painful as it can be, Smithson Valley High School senior Kelly Day found a way to make the process amusing. In fact, she published a book called Embarrassing Tales Of Braced-Face Glory. It is available on amazon.com under ... (Read More)
2/27/2012
Canyon Lake High's Romero signs to play softball in Mississippi Canyon Lake High senior Missy Romero signed a national letter of intent to continue her softball career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College located in Mississippi. Pictured are Romero surrounded by family members and coaches. Pictured are parents Theresa and Bobby Romero, sister Jessica Romero, and ... (Read More)
2/27/2012
Canyon High soccer player Nimtz signs with Wayland Baptist University. Congratulations to Canyon High senior soccer player Victoria Nimtz, who signed a letter of intent to continue her playing career at Wayland Baptist University. She is a Canyon High team captain this year and was an All-District selection last year from her center-midfielder position. Dustin Gold is ... (Read More)
2/27/2012
News Briefs for Feb. 27, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Deadline nears for Outstanding Graduate nominations; U.S. Air Force jazz band to perform March 30; Comal ISD seeks volunteers for strategic planning.... (Read More)
2/24/2012
Strategic plan draft rolled out to trustees The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday got its first look at the framework for the district’s five-year strategic plan through a process that ultimately will be up to a year in the making and involve more than 100 staff, parents and community members.... (Read More)
2/23/2012
Marc Walker to retire in January 2013 Dr. Marc Walker, superintendent of Comal ISD, announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31, 2013, after nearly eight years at the helm of one of the fastest-growing districts in the state and after 34 years of service to public schoolchildren.... (Read More)
2/21/2012
Internet safety tops family summit topics The Internet, social media and smart phones provide child predators with a “dream” formula for doing what they do. The good news, however, is that with parents’ help, youths can be empowered to avoid those bad experiences. Larry Baker, a special agent with the FBI’s San Antonio division, described t... (Read More)
2/21/2012
‘STAARlights’ featured at parent meetings Dr. Jodi Duron, assistant superintendent for academics and student services, spoke to approximately 40 parents on Monday in the first of three parent information sessions aimed to answer questions and ease the high anxiety surrounding the new statewide, State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readines... (Read More)
2/20/2012
Dale Dehlin, Comal ISD Trustee, passes away Dale Dehlin, District 4 representative on the Comal ISD Board of Trustees, died unexpectedly on Sunday. He was 41. “The Comal ISD family is stunned and deeply saddened today by the tragic loss of Dale,” said Dr. Marc Walker, superintendent of Comal ISD. “During his brief time on the board, he was... (Read More)
2/17/2012
News Briefs for Feb. 17, 2012 News Briefs this week include: School board to consider superintendent transition; Early elementary registration dates begin in March; One more filing for Comal ISD School Board; Race at the Ranch to be March 24; and Two campuses get their plates in shape.... (Read More)
2/16/2012
Canyon High tennis players sign with Schreiner University Congratulations to Canyon High tennis players Niccolas Chudej and Maddie Scotch, who both signed to continue their athletic careers at Schreiner University in Kerrville. They are pictured here surrounded by family members (l-r) James Cole, Traci Chudej, and Stephanie and Tim Scotch.... (Read More)
2/10/2012
News Briefs for Feb. 10, 2012 News Briefs this week include: STAAR Parent Information Meetings slated; Early elementary registration dates begin in March; Two file for Comal ISD School Board; ‘Empowering Children with Safe and Smart Lifestyles’; and Shot clinic planned for next year’s 7th grade students.... (Read More)
2/10/2012
Royal self portraits at Arlon Seay Elementary Kindergarten student Wes McCandless works on his watercolor “royal self portrait” in Arlon Seay Elementary School teacher Suzie Tull’s art class as Kenndall Riedel looks on.... (Read More)
2/9/2012
'Chefs Move to Schools' program continues in Comal ISD Comal ISD had its own version of “Top Chef Texas” recently as Chartwells executive chefs Mario Perez and Ralph Garcia made the rounds to each of the district’s middle schools for an “Asian Nation” cooking day. It was part of Chartwell’s “Chefs Move to Schools” program that started last school year ... (Read More)
2/8/2012
Rahe Bulverde Elementary students prepare to showcase talent on Feb. 21 Rahe Bulverde Elementary 1st-grader Sam Morris points to the cubism self portrait he created in Pablo Picasso’s style in art teacher Karen Williams’ class. Students have been learning the styles of different artists like Claude Monet, Eric Carle, and Henri Matisse in preparation for a “specials” nig... (Read More)
2/8/2012
Comal ISD students jumping rope to benefit the American Heart Association Arlon Seay Elementary student Aiden Crotts puts all his might into jumping rope during P.E. Teacher Eric Clark’s class recently. Students at ASE and at other schools around Comal ISD are participating in “Jump Rope For Heart” and “Hoops For Heart” events to raise money for the American Heart Associa... (Read More)
2/8/2012
Everyone's a winner in the Arlon Seay Elementary "Souper Bowl" Although the Super Bowl only had one winner, the “Souper Bowl” at Arlon Seay Elementary is a winner for everyone involved. Students spent the days leading up to the Super Bowl bringing items such as peanut butter, disposable diapers, canned fruit, Corn Flakes, dried pinto beans and canned veggies to... (Read More)
2/3/2012
CHS socccer players Self, Villa sign national letters of intent Canyon High soccer players Trevor Self (left) and Pedro Villa signed national letters of intent on February 3 to play at the collegiate level. Self will play at the University of Texas-Tyler, and Villa will play at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. Self is surrounded by his parents, Scott an... (Read More)
2/3/2012
Canyon High's Luckemeyer signs with Our Lady of the Lake University Canyon High senior Teegan Luckemeyer signed a national letter of intent on February 3 to continue her soccer career at Our Lady of the Lake University. Teegan is surrounded by (l-r) Our Lady of the Lake University assistant coach Lee Williams, her parents Paul and Sherri and brother Trevor, and Cany... (Read More)
2/2/2012
Lathrop is first SVHS student in 10 years to be named to All-State Band Smithson Valley Senior Taylor Lathrop was recently selected to the 2012 Texas Music Educators Association 4A All State Band on Bass Trombone, achieving first chair in the state through a rigorous personal audition process. Lathrop is the first student from Smithson Valley High School to make the ... (Read More)
2/2/2012
SVHS, CHS move up to Class 5A, CLHS stays Class 3A after UIL realignment Both Smithson Valley and Canyon High schools moved up from Class 4A to Class 5A in the University Interscholastic League realignment announced on February 2. Canyon Lake High stayed in Class 3A, and is in District 27-3A and Region IV, along with familiar foes Bandera, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Navarr... (Read More)
2/1/2010
Eight SVHS football, soccer players ink names on National Signing Day The Smithson Valley High football team, which won a district title in 2011 and made it to the area round of the playoffs, had six players sign national letters of intent on February 1 to continue their playing careers at the next level. Pictured are (l-r) wide receiver Easton McIntosh (McMurry Unive... (Read More)
1/30/2012
News Briefs for Jan. 30, 2012 News Briefs for this week include: 'Empowering Children with Safe and Smart Lifestyles;' Student transfer application deadline is March 1; School board filing runs through March 5; Parent information night for AC-Memorial Early College High School; and Outstanding Graduate nominations sought.... (Read More)
1/27/2012
Comal ISD trustees approve 2012-13 calendar The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved an academic calendar for 2012-13 that includes a start date of Aug. 27 and the last day of school to be May 31.... (Read More)
1/26/2012
Kinder Ranch Elementary students experience “Moon, Mars and Beyond” videoconference Fourth-grade students in Kim Loner’s classroom recently found out what it was like to plan a rescue mission for astronauts aboard a lost spacecraft during the emission videoconference “Moon, Mars and Beyond.” The year is 2080 and NASA has permanent research bases on both the moon and Mars. From the... (Read More)
1/26/2012
Kindergarten students have fun shooting hoops in game at KRES Kindergarten student Karlyn Jackson shows perfect shooting form as she goes for a basket during a “make-it, take-it” team game during Kinder Ranch Elementary School P.E. Teacher Melinda Rios’ class.... (Read More)
1/24/2012
Algebra Bowl will combine math and technology worlds in unique competition The NCAA college basketball world will soon have its annual frenzied tournament better known as March Madness. Shortly afterward, Comal ISD will create some brain-testing excitement of its own. The district’s tournament-style format could easily be dubbed “April Mathness.” Comal ISD’s first Algebr... (Read More)
1/23/2011
CHS Intermediate Choir Camp held Jan. 21; barbershop-quartet festival planned for Jan. 28 at CHS The Canyon High Choir Department held its third-annual Intermediate Choir Camp Jan. 21 at the school’s Performing Arts Center. More than 30 4th and 5th grade students from Canyon High feeder schools participated in the camp. The camp was directed by CHS Choral Director, Shareen Vader, and assiste... (Read More)
1/23/2011
SVHS Culinary Arts Students fare well at South Texas Challenge Several Smithson Valley High Culinary Arts students participated in the first-ever South Texas Culinary Challenge at Clemens High School Jan. 21. SVHS students Caitlin Spring and Colton Harrison teamed up to finish in 2nd place out of 19 teams in the Mystery Basket Competition. Mystery Basket is s... (Read More)
1/23/2012
News Briefs for Jan. 23, 2012 News Briefs for this week include: Online safety the topic of several parent nights; events mark Education Foundation's spring; Community Ed classes available now!; Canyon Lake HS hosts FASFA night; Seeking 'emPOWERED UP' logos for tech showcase; and Outstanding Graduate nominations sought.... (Read More)
1/20/2012
Class and Commitment Day a hit at Morningside Elementary Students at Morningside Elementary had “Class and Commitment Recognition” day on Jan. 20. The gym was jam-packed with students playing volleyball, Wii, tetherball and basketball. Students earned a ticket for the fun-filled day by meeting the following criteria during the past nine-week period: havi... (Read More)
1/20/2012
Students tackle nature-themed art project at Goodwin Frazier Elementary Third-grade students in Edyta Ellison’s art classes at Goodwin Frazier Elementary have been busy recently working on a project where they camouflaged an animal of their choice. The background camouflage and the animal were created using oil pastels and clear glue. Pictured is William Nichols drawing... (Read More)
1/19/2012
Ugandan Children's Choir performs at Specht Elementary A group of 22 children, aged 7 to 12, from the Watoto community of Uganda performed native song and dance for all students of Specht Elementary School on Thursday. Each of the children has lost a parent or both to war or sickness in Uganda. They will be in the United States for six months sharing th... (Read More)
1/18/2012
Comal ISD transportation department opens new station at SVMS; district looking for new drivers The Comal ISD transportation department held an open house on Jan. 17, unveiling its new 19,000 square-foot station located at Smithson Valley Middle School. The station, which was paid for with funding from Bond 2008, has the capacity to house close to 100 buses and includes an eight-bay bus Main... (Read More)
1/16/2012
Community Awareness Summits held across Comal ISD Community and Comal ISD staff input was a critical component of the information gathering process at the strategic planning community awareness summits held across the district in January. Pictured are Comal ISD faculty and community members at the Spring Branch Middle School Summit held January 17.... (Read More)
1/16/2012
News Briefs for Jan. 16, 2012 News Briefs for this week include: High school credit by exam registration opens; Seeking emPowered Up logos for tech showcase; Early childhood screening slated for Feb. 23; and Outstanding Graduation nominations sought.... (Read More)
1/12/2012
CHS student Tyler Neufer makes All-State Band for second straight year To be selected to the All-State Band once in your high school career is quite an accomplishment. To be picked twice is an amazing feat. That’s exactly what Canyon High junior Tyler Neufer has achieved. Neufer, who has career aspirations of playing his French horn in a professional orchestra, said ... (Read More)
1/12/2012
SVHS students investing in global citizenship with Kiva Project Smithson Valley High School students in Stacie Mitchell’s World Geography classes have learned more than the locations of foreign countries and facts about exotic cultures, they are learning how small investments can reap big rewards. Mitchell knew that she wanted her students to go beyond data, ma... (Read More)
1/9/2011
Smithson Valley High theater students to perform Daisy Pulls It Off January 14-16 at school’s PAC Students at Smithson Valley High will be performing the comedy play Daisy Pulls It Off by Denise Deegan January 14-16. It is a parody of wholesome adventure stories about life in a 1920s girls' English boarding school. Energetic Daisy Meredith, a girl from a poor background, is forced to face and... (Read More)
1/9/2012
News Briefs for Jan. 9, 2012 News Briefs this week include: Semester exams take place this week; Community invited to attend strategic planning summits; Smithson Valley HS hosts Junior Parent College Night; Public hearing on district progress slated for Jan. 26; 'Laws You Should Know' at Canyon Lake HS; and Become a bus driver!... (Read More)
1/6/2012
Strategic planning kicks off with community input The first week of school in 2012 for students meant a return to classes and for secondary students, preparation for final exams. However, for the staff and community of Comal ISD, the first week of January carried a much stronger impact: it’s the beginning of strategic planning.... (Read More)
1/6/2011
Warren Buffett has nothing on these Canyon High students Canyon High student Zac Roznowski didn’t list looking at the business page of the daily newspaper anywhere near his top priorities before the school year started. But thanks to the Stock Market Game sponsored by Fidelity Investments and the Texas Council on Economic Education, Roznowski now pays mu... (Read More)
1/3/2011
SVHS students save astronauts from danger The lives of Space Shuttle Discovery and International Space Station astronauts were put into the hands of a group of Smithson Valley High students recently. Despite a potentially deadly solar flare, the SVHS students came through with flying colors to save the crew of both spaceships. The reason ... (Read More)
1/2/2012
Community encouraged to join strategic planning summits A series of five “summits” will kick off the district’s strategic planning process this week and parents and community members are encouraged to attend any or all of them. The summits will be at each of the district’s middle schools. The schedule is as follows: Thursday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m. Chur... (Read More)
1/2/2012
News Briefs for Jan. 2, 2012 News Briefs this week include: NOW is the time for that community ed class!; January is School Board recognition month; Arlon Seay named 'Best of Spring Branch'; Screening for gifted/talented under way; and after-school care seeks aides.... (Read More)
12/16/2011
Comal ISD trustees OK redistricting plan The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved the new boundaries of single-member school board districts. From here, the plan will be shipped to the U.S. Department of Justice for pre-clearance for the May 2012 elections. The school board heard an audit report for 2010-11, a techn... (Read More)
12/15/2011
CHS, CLHS mascots selected as finalists for competition Dec. 19 at AT&T Center Two Comal ISD mascots will be strutting their stuff at the AT&T Center on Dec. 19. Canyon High’s mascot, Calvin the Cougar (junior Logan Chew), and Canyon Lake High’s mascot, Hank the Hawk (senior Caroline Jordan), have been named two of nine finalists in to compete in the first-ever San Antonio S... (Read More)
12/15/2011
Startzville Elementary students perform The Littlest Reindeer Fourth-grade students at Startzville Elementary performed the musical ““The Littlest Reindeer” in front of classmates, faculty and family members on Dec. 13. It was Christmas and the North Pole crew was putting the final touches on Santa’s sleigh, when who should appear but the littlest reindeer!... (Read More)
12/15/2011
SVHS Navy JROTC inspection a success Navy Captain Lori Frank conducted an inspection of the Smithson Valley High Navy JROTC Unit on Dec. 13. Her purpose was to ensure that SVHS is operating in compliance with current Navy standards. She judged the cadets on their uniform appearance, military knowledge and exhibition drill teams. ... (Read More)
12/14/2011
Smithson Valley Middle students proud of school's Angel Tree effort Smithson Valley Middle students Tyler Faughnder, Devin Smith, Dawson Martinez, Dillan Bonick, Hyuahda Roache, Bailey Dickson and Cole Umland proudly stand in front of the school’s Angel Tree. Angel Tree presents donated from students, faculty and parents will go to help members of the community duri... (Read More)
12/12/2011
News Briefs for Dec. 12, 2011 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD closed for holiday break; School board to consider redistricting plan; Community encouraged to join strategic planning summits; and Deadline for online registration is Friday.... (Read More)
12/12/2011
Students learn gift of giving at Sow Healthy Garden Many Comal ISD students weren’t thinking about what holiday presents they might receive in a few weeks Friday morning, they were more interested in giving the gift of garden. Students from Freiheit Elementary helped harvest the Sow Healthy Garden on Dec. 9, picking rows and rows of cabbages, radish... (Read More)
12/12/2011
Smithson Valley High students pack plenty of presents under Angel Tree Smithson Valley High students Tiffany Pittman, Jessica Pflum, Callie Newman and Carlee Foster pose with just a few of the many Angel Tree presents that will go to families of local elementary, middle and high school students during the holiday season. The students are part of the Family and Communit... (Read More)
12/12/2011
Smithson Valley High Criminal Justice classes receive generous grant Smithson Valley High Criminal Justice classes recently received a generous grant from the Alamo Area Council of Governments Regional Youth Criminal Justice Education Program. The program is offered to regional high schools as a means of providing additional resources for criminal justice electives. ... (Read More)
12/12/2011
Morningside Elementary students meet "June" the cow during Ag Day Student Brody Maresh met “June” the cow during Ag-Day at Morningside Elementary. Canyon High Ag teacher Glenn Grimm brought out some of the school’s FFA show animals and talked to the students about how to feed animals and how important it is to care for them properly. ... (Read More)
12/6/2011
SVHS senior Ethan Perry selected to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl Smithson Valley High senior Ethan Perry spent an average of 60 plays per game on the field for the Rangers’ football team this season. He averaged only two punts per game during Smithson Valley’s bi-district championship season that fell short in the area round against four-time defending Class 4A ... (Read More)
12/5/2011
News Briefs for Dec. 5, 2011 News Briefs this week include: Consensus reached on redistricting plan; holiday fetes abundant in Comal ISD; and early hearing screening available.... (Read More)
11/29/2011
CHS JROTC members hold hard-fought competition Members of the Canyon High JROTC held their fall flight competition recently. During flight competition, teams of freshman, sophomores and juniors compete in categories such as uniform inspection, drill commands, academic test, obstacle course, cheer, and model rocketry. The spring flight compet... (Read More)
11/28/2011
News Briefs for Nov. 28, 2011 News Briefs this week include: School board to look at redistricting map; and preparation for next year's course selection continues.... (Read More)
11/22/2011
SVHS students, faculty raise more than $8,300 during holiday giving campaign What started out as a goal to raise $500 for families in need during the holidays turned into much more than that at Smithson Valley High School. Students and faculty members raised more than $8,300, selling “turkey feathers” for a quarter each and decorating their classrooms with them. Teacher Ta... (Read More)
11/21/2011
News Briefs for Nov. 21, 2011 News Briefs this week include: Comal ISD closed for Thanksgiving holiday; School board policy review includes STAAR; Walk-in flu vaccine clinic scheduled for Nov. 29; Canyon Lake HS to perform 'Music Man;' and Online registration includes dual credit and "Maymester."... (Read More)
11/18/2011
Comal ISD’s STAR athletes bowl strikes and bring smiles Nearly 100 students from eight middle and high schools participated in Comal ISD’s STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) Sports Program Bowling Competition at Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels on Nov. 18. Dozens of students, faculty and community members volunteered their time to make... (Read More)
11/17/2011
Creative Thanksgiving fundraiser warms hearts of many at Canyon Lake High What started out as a competition between students and faculty members will make plenty of people happy this Thanksgiving. More than $4,100 was raised to feed and take care of Canyon Lake High students and their families in need during the holidays during a fundraising drive. It seems hard to beli... (Read More)
11/14/2011
News Briefs for Nov. 14, 2011 News Briefs this week include: Students begin research for next year's course selection; STAAR details to be discussed at board meeting; and Education Foundation grants funds distributed to campuses.... (Read More)
11/11/2011
Veterans Day celebrated around Comal ISD There were few dry eyes in the Canyon High gym during the Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony when Marine Staff Sergeant Roberto Carrillo presented a flag to Felix Farias, the father of Lance Cpl. John Farias, who was killed in June in a combat operation in Afghanistan. Canyon High student Corey Priest g... (Read More)
11/9/2011
Flu Immunization Clinics Flu Immunization Clinics will be open to all Comal ISD students at Canyon High School (Cougar Den) on Monday, Nov. 14, from 1-5 p.m., and at Smithson Valley High School on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 1-5 p.m., main entrance. Clinics sponsored by Christus Santa Rosa School Based Health Clinics. A $10... (Read More)
11/7/2011
Zach Henshaw is Canyon Lake High's Rudy Canyon High senior running back Zach Henshaw embodies the characteristics of Rudy Ruettiger, the former Notre Dame walk-on football player who overcame seemingly impossible odds to make a difference for the Fighting Irish in the 1970s. The 1993 film of the same name immortalized Rudy. Today, Inspi... (Read More)
11/7/2011
News Briefs for Nov. 7, 2011 News Briefs this week include: Zach Henshaw of CLHS is semifinalist in Rudy Awards; CHS earns recognition for college readiness; CHS student wins 1st Place in Geography poster contest; and Veterans Day celebrations are planned at campuses throughout Comal ISD.... (Read More)
11/7/2011
Health-themed Family Summit at CHS a success Parents, students and community members visited Canyon High on Nov. 5 for the Comal ISD Family Summit. The summit’s theme was “Empowering Children with Healthy Lifestyles” and parents and students learned how to plant and eat healthy vegetables, and just how rewarding activities like yoga and gymna... (Read More)
11/3/2011
Canyon High students to perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Nov. 12-14 at school's Performing Arts Center Canyon High School’s Theatre Arts Department will proudly present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Nov. 12-14 at the CHS Performing Arts Center. Playful Fairies, ill-fated lovers, the King and Queen of the forest and a band of rudimentary actors all cross paths one summer’s night in the f... (Read More)
11/3/2011
Comal ISD earns spot on College Board's AP Honor Roll Comal ISD is one of only 400 school districts in the country to earn a place on the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll for increasing access to AP coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.... (Read More)
11/3/2011
Comal ISD receives record 72 Gold Performance Awards Comal ISD received a record 72 Gold Performance Acknowledgement (GPA) awards from the Texas Education Agency for outstanding academic performance in 2011. Comal ISD received three of the 72 GPAs in Commended Performance in Social Studies, College Ready Graduates and the Texas Success Initiative ... (Read More)
10/31/2011
Campuses celebrate Generation Texas Week Campuses throughout Comal ISD will celebrate Generation Texas Week, Nov. 14-18. The week represents a statewide initiative to organize and mobilize communities to help Texas students and their families pursue the path to college and career education beyond high school.... (Read More)
10/31/2011
News Briefs for Oct. 31, 2011 News Briefs this week include: Four campuses recognized as Higher Performers; Sow Healthy program wins Award of Achievement; Honor a special teacher; and Parent/Teacher Conferences slated for next week.... (Read More)
10/31/2011
Comal ISD students, pumpkins have fun dressing up as favorite book characters Comal ISD students were certainly in a festive mood on Monday. At Bill Brown Elementary, students dressed up like their favorite book characters. Pictured are (l-r) Delaney Martin, Jess Whitehead, Wrilyn Shippey, Whitney Whitehead, Carleigh Dickson, Bennett Cote and kindergarten teacher Crystal Ha... (Read More)
10/28/2011
Students harvest, eat own veggies in Sow Healthy Garden program Freiheit Elementary School students involved in the Sow Healthy Garden program certainly don’t mind eating their vegetables. That’s because they planted them, watched them grow, and then ultimately ate the veggies in their school cafeteria. Comal ISD executive chef Mario Perez visited the campus o... (Read More)
10/28/2011
School Board hears positive financial management news The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday, for the ninth year in a row, heard that the financial management of the district is “superior,” according to the state Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).... (Read More)
10/27/2011
CHS, SVHS marching bands one step away from State After advancing past the regional level, members of the Canyon and Smithson Valley high school bands will try and earn their way to the UIL State Marching Band Contest this weekend. CHS and SVHS will be two of 22 Class 4A marching bands competing at the area contest Saturday, Oct. 29 at Vista Ridge... (Read More)
10/27/2011
Anti-truancy program making a difference in Comal ISD Comal County Judge Charles Stephens knew the statistics all too well about the dangers of truancy. More than 80 percent of young people or adults in juvenile detention or prison had truancy issues when they were in school. So when the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce decided to put a committee to... (Read More)
10/25/2011
TPES teacher Jennifer White named SACU KENS5 Golden Apple Award Winner Timberwood Park Elementary School teacher Jennifer White was honored as Comal ISD’s KENS5 San Antonio Credit Union ExCEL Award winner in a ceremony at TPES on Oct. 25. She received the Golden Apple Award from KENS5 and a check for $1,000 from SACU. KENS5 will run a story featuring White during its ... (Read More)
10/24/2011
Comal ISD campuses kick off Red Ribbon Week Campuses around Comal ISD kicked off “Red Ribbon Week” in style on October 24, with themes like Hairs’ to a Drug-Free Life (crazy hair day), Sock it to Drugs! (crazy sock day), and Mix it up Monday (sit with someone you don’t know at lunch). Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug preventi... (Read More)
10/24/2011
News Briefs for Oct. 24, 2011 News Briefs this week include: Redistricting committee to present recommendation to school board; regular October school board meeting is Thursday, Oct. 27; and campuses recognize Red Ribbon Week with activities.... (Read More)
10/24/2011
Arlon Seay Elementary student finalist in national vocal talent contest Ciana Nanney, a fourth-grader in Barbara Hall’s class at Arlon Seay Elementary, has become a local celebrity competing on a national stage. Since June, Ciana has been competing in Sing!, a national vocal talent competition designed to shine the spotlight on choirs, glee clubs and soloists around th... (Read More)
10/20/2010
Nine Comal ISD students earn National Academic Recognition Of more than 1.5 million high school juniors that took the Pre-SAT test in 2010, only 16,000 were named National Merit Semifinalists. Smithson Valley High School’s Taylor Lathrop earned that distinguished honor. Of the 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, 15,000 students will be named National Merit ... (Read More)
10/17/2011
News Briefs for Oct. 17, 2011 News Briefs this week include: National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes 10 Comal ISD students; Family Summit to focus on empowering children with healthy lifestyles, Nov. 5; Red Ribbon Week activities aplenty on campuses; and Gifted & Talented referral and screening meeting set.... (Read More)
10/13/2011
New program gives secondary students ability to take home computers, iPads, iPods and more Mountain Valley Middle School student Mike Thorpe doesn’t have the luxury of computer access at home anytime he wants it. Now, with a new program at Comal ISD secondary schools, Thorpe and any other middle or high school student in the district can take a computer home with them simply by checking ... (Read More)
10/7/2011
News Briefs for Oct. 7, 2011 News briefs this week include: Family Summit to focus on empowering children with healthy lifestyles, Nov. 5; college exam deadlines approaching; CHS to host, "Making it Count" for college financing; and Clear Spring Elementary hosts SMART night.... (Read More)
10/5/2011
Kinder Ranch Elementary officially dedicated The dedication of Kinder Ranch Elementary brought students and parents, faculty and community members, and Comal ISD administration and school board members together to celebrate the evening of Oct. 4. The school, which opened in August, is located in the Kinder Ranch subdivision in northern Bexar C... (Read More)
10/3/2011
News Briefs for Oct. 3, 2011 News briefs this week include: Students benefit from technology initiatives and district meets requirements of IDEA.... (Read More)
9/29/2011
Hundreds attend Comal ISD’s third annual College and Career Fair at SVHS Hundreds of area students and their parents poured into Smithson Valley High on Sept. 28 for Comal ISD’s third annual College and Career Fair. More than 75 colleges and universities including the University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M University-College Station, Texas State University, University of... (Read More)
9/26/2011
Comal ISD trustees set 2011-12 tax rate The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday set a tax rate of $1.43 cents per $100 valuation for the 2011-12 school year, which is 6 cents higher than last year’s rate.... (Read More)
9/26/2011
News Briefs for Sept. 26, 2011 News briefs this week include: Kinder Ranch Elementary dedication ceremony to be Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m.; Students throughout the district are participating in health eating art contests; and gifted and talented information meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.... (Read More)
9/21/2011
Comal ISD students have a reason to smile Students at Startzville Elementary have a reason to smile Sept. 19-22 as the “Tooth Time Dental Clinic” paid a visit to the STZES campus. This outreach program brings dental technicians to schools in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Austin, and even travels as far as Marfa to help children in need. ... (Read More)
9/21/2011
Comal ISD students ready for county fair Students from around Comal ISD are excited about the county fair, which kicked off last weekend. The Comal County Fair Parade will take place on Friday, September 23. It will start at the corner of San Antonio and Santa Clara streets at 10 a.m., travel down San Antonio Street, across the Comal Rive... (Read More)
9/19/2011
News Briefs for Sept. 19, 2011 News briefs this week include: School board to set a tax rate on Thursday, Timberwood Park recognized for healthy initiative, College exam deadlines approaching, Annual College and Career Fair slated for Sept. 28.... (Read More)
9/15/2011
Rachel’s Challenge message touches many in Comal ISD There’s a great chance Rachel Joy Scott would have been a good friend of Caitlyn Bunner’s if she attended Canyon Lake High School today. Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. Scott made a habit of making sure no one at her school felt left out or lonely. ... (Read More)
9/12/2011
Comal ISD students rally to Bastrop's aid Students throughout Comal ISD are working creatively and diligently to gather items, funds and ultimately hope for the victims of the fires in Bastrop ISD.... (Read More)
9/12/2011
News Briefs for Sept. 12, 2011 News briefs this week include: Redistricting Advisory Committee builds draft plan; free and reduced meal application information available; campuses join H-E-B in Read 3 campaign; WatchDogs launch at Rahe Bulverde; and PEC donates $1,000 to Education Foundation.... (Read More)
9/9/2011
Cowboys and horses at Johnson Ranch Elementary Cowboy Walt Harris, husband of first-grade teacher Sarah Harris, visited Johnson Ranch Elementary recently. He taught students how to be "ROPERS" Respectful, Organized, Proud, Excellent, Responsible, Students. He also brought along his horse "Moses" who he rides in team and calf roping competitions.... (Read More)
9/6/2011
News Briefs for Sept. 6, 2011 This week's news briefs include: early childhood screening scheduled; Mountain Valley Middle School receives a $3,000 literacy grant; Open Houses are scheduled in Comal ISD throughout September; and Rachel's Challenge events begin next week.... (Read More)
9/6/2011
Branch opens for RBFCU inside SVHS About 30 representatives of Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU), Comal ISD and Smithson Valley High School (SVHS) celebrated the opening of in-school credit union branch on Tuesday with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.... (Read More)
9/2/2011
STZES hopping with students creating and learning Students in Jenny Jurica’s fifth-grade science classes at Startzville Elementary recently completed a “penny predictions” experiment in which students had to hypothesize how many drops of colored water would fit on a penny. Pictured is Lezlie Milner carefully placing drops of water on her coin durin... (Read More)
8/31/2011
Map skills at Rahe Bulverde Elementary leads to tasty treats Fourth-grade students in Jenica McGann’s class spent the morning of August 31 performing an outdoor orienteering lesson. They put their recent studies of map skills to use by going on a treasure hunt using compasses to find clues that were located in different directions. When the students reached t... (Read More)
8/29/2011
News Briefs for the week of Aug. 22-26, 2011 News briefs for this week include: School Based Health Center expands hours; Credit by Exam offered in October; First redistricting committee meeting is set for Sept. 6; Two students participate in Lone Star Leadership Academy; SAT and ACT testing prep, dates announced; and registration is under way... (Read More)
8/25/2011
Garden Ridge Elementary receives architectural design honor Comal ISD’s Garden Ridge Elementary School, which opened August 2010, earned honorable mention in the Caudill Award contest. The Caudill Award is the highest honor for planning and design of Texas public education facilities at the Texas Association of School Boards’ and the Texas Association of Sc... (Read More)
8/25/2011
Credit by Exam Schedule Posted For current Comal ISD students, Credit by Exam for Acceleration and Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction is offered twice per school year. Dates for testing in October are Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15. Deadline to apply is Sept. 7. Students may take up to two (2) semester exams at each test sessio... (Read More)
8/25/2011
Comal ISD trustees approve 2011-12 budget The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a budget for 2011-12 that is approximately $3.2 million smaller than last year’s budget, though it supports instructional services for an additional 575 students.... (Read More)
8/25/2011
Comal ISD summer graduation 2011 The numbers may have been small, but the impact was huge as five Comal ISD students received high school diplomas during the summer graduation ceremony prior to the August 24 school board meeting. Glen Houde and Kris Jonas from Canyon Lake High School, Candace Aguirre, Matthew Clark, Corrine Mull... (Read More)
8/22/2011
Comal ISD kicks off 2011-12 school year Kinder Ranch Elementary fourth grader Seth Fennen wasn’t intimidated by the fact he was entering a brand new school the morning of August 22. In fact, he said he’s been looking forward to it all summer. KRES officially opened its doors to welcome in the 2011-12 school year. The scenic new campus is... (Read More)
8/22/2011
News Briefs for August 22, 2011 News briefs this week include: five students will graduate in a ceremony that will precede the August regular school board meeting on Wednesday; Graduation will be at 5 p.m. and the board meeting will begin at 6 p.m.; An academy to prepare students for the PSAT and SAT will be on Saturdays in Septem... (Read More)
8/19/2011
First redistricting committee meeting set for Sept. 6 The Comal ISD Redistricting Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Support Services Building, 1404 Interstate 35 North in New Braunfels. The public is invited.... (Read More)
8/11/2011
Summary of information regarding Adequate Yearly Progress Attached please find a summary of information that briefly outlines how the No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) works and why Comal ISD missed AYP as a district this year. ... (Read More)
8/10/2011
Opening of Kinder Ranch Elementary will highlight Comal ISD’s first day of school The opening of new Kinder Ranch Elementary will highlight Comal ISD’s first day of school August 22. It is located in the Kinder Ranch subdivision near the intersection of Borgfeld and Bulverde roads in northern Bexar County. The school is part of the district’s $205.85 million Bond 2008 issue. Kin... (Read More)
8/10/2011
Incoming Early College High School students invade Newk’s Tennis Ranch Incoming freshmen (l-r) Zane Ramirez, Bianca Angeles and Selena Sauceda try to problem solve their way to freedom out of a roped-off maze course at Newk’s Tennis Ranch on August 10. It was part of a team-building exercise in which 103 incoming freshmen at Comal ISD’s Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early C... (Read More)
8/8/2011
Comal ISD Bus Advertising Campaign Begins When you see Comal ISD buses this school year, it might not only invoke thoughts of the precious cargo inside but also of a veggie sub, laminate flooring or even refinancing your home. Comal ISD has teamed up with Creer Advertising and Marketing to place advertising on its school buses. Parents, s... (Read More)
8/3/2011
Comal ISD School Age Child Care Program bowls a strike at Fiesta Lanes The Comal ISD School Age Child Care (SACC) Summer Program is winding down but not before students invaded Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels for some bowling fun August 3-4. It’s part of a summer program that already has seen more than 400 students take trips to places like Splashtown and Fiesta Texas i... (Read More)
8/2/2011
Back-to-School Season Begins The second week of August marks student registration at Comal ISD elementary campuses and registration and/or schedule pick-up at secondary campuses. The district website, www.comalisd.org, posts a link on the right side of the homepage that details, by campus, the times and dates of registration, a... (Read More)
8/2/2011
News Briefs for August 2, 2011 This week's briefs include: nominees sought for Comal ISD district leadership team; School board workshop slated for Aug. 10; Insurance form required for extracurricular activities; and free, reduced meals details released.... (Read More)
7/29/2011
Teachers, students gear up for STAAR As students and teachers statewide prepare for the state’s new accountability instrument, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), this school year, the curriculum is unchanged, an important factor in relieving anxiety for students, particularly freshmen.... (Read More)
7/29/2011
Recognized, again! Despite a higher standard applied this year for campus and district ratings, Comal ISD remains a recognized district under results of the state’s accountability system released today.... (Read More)
7/26/2011
Lunch Money Now will make cafeteria transactions easier for parents Comal ISD has implemented “Lunch Money Now,” an addition to new point-of-sale software the district is using provided by Systems Design. Systems Design specializes in food service management programs for school nutritional programs. Lunch Money Now permits parents to access their student’s cafeter... (Read More)
7/26/2011
GFES teacher achieves prestigious national recognition by Apple Cristina Popescu, a third grade teacher at Goodwin Frazier Elementary, was recently selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program. Popescu is the first-ever ADE for not only Comal ISD but in the greater San Antonio area. Popescu joined the new ADE class of 2011 in Phoenix at Ar... (Read More)
7/26/2011
Insurance acknowledgement form required for athletic, extracurricular events beginning August 1 Parents of middle and high school Comal ISD students competing in all sports or other University Interscholastic League (UIL) extracurricular events will be required to provide health or accident insurance for their children or waive the right to do so, beginning August 1.... (Read More)
7/14/2011
CISD Trustees OK employee retention bonus The Comal Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a retention bonus for qualifying district employees of $750. Estimated cost is $1.5 million, which will be “swept” from the 2010-11 general fund. In his recommendation to the board, Dr. Marc Walker, superintendent of Comal ISD, noted t... (Read More)
7/11/2011
Comal ISD gets Sow Healthy with new three-acre garden near Canyon High A group of Comal ISD students will learn some valuable health lessons beginning this fall. Instead of learning about the significance of a healthy lifestyle from a book, these students will have hands-on training. Thanks to help from Comal ISD, the wellness company Resolute Health and many local m... (Read More)
7/6/2011
TAKS summer testing July 11-14 The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) high school retest will be next week at each of the district's comprehensive high schools. Students must take the TAKS retest at their home campus. All students must be present at 7:45 a.m., on the scheduled test administration date. Monday, July ... (Read More)
7/6/2011
Thousands attend memorial for John Farias Less than 24 hours after the national celebration of Independence Day, more than 2,000 people gathered at Canyon High School's Cougar Stadium to remember a fallen hero and recognize the freedom he gave his life protecting.... (Read More)
7/5/2011
Campus administrative changes announced Comal ISD has announced several administrative changes, including new principals at Startzville Elementary, Oak Creek Elementary and Morningside Elementary schools.... (Read More)
6/29/2011
School Board appoints Smith as newest trustee The Comal Board of Trustees on Tuesday appointed Stephen Smith, a retired certified public accountant who lives in New Braunfels, to fill the unexpired District 1 seat vacated by Carolyn Miller in April.... (Read More)
6/29/2011
Canyon High JROTC students excel at Summer Leadership Schools The Canyon High School Air Force Junior ROTC program sent 30 students to Air Force JROTC Summer Leadership Schools at Schreiner University recently. CHS student Andrew Staley earned the top honor given, the Commanders Award, at Senior Leadership School. Fellow CHS students Kristopher Marrou, D... (Read More)
6/23/2011
Comal ISD Summer Program students enjoy carnival atmosphere at Freiheit Elementary Nearly 450 students attending Comal ISD’s School Age Child Care (SACC) Summer Program gathered at Freiheit Elementary June 23 for a day of comedy, education and carnival festivities. The event for students from grades K-5th started out with a comical skit by the Morris Brothers with a serious messa... (Read More)
6/22/2011
Camp Invention opens young minds to fun and innovative ideas Although it will be quite awhile before anyone attending Camp Invention is old enough to turn in a résumé’ to the likes of Google or Microsoft, the students are well on their way to thinking like scientists or engineers. Both Bill Brown and Specht elementary schools recently held weeklong Camp Inve... (Read More)
6/21/2011
Comal ISD breaks ground at on future elementary school at Indian Springs subdivision Under a welcomed, overcast sky on Tuesday morning, Comal ISD school board members, administrators, and architects and general contractors conducted the symbolic breaking ground ceremony for the final new school of the district’s 2008 bond package. The school will be built in the Indian Springs subd... (Read More)
6/20/2011
News Briefs, June 20, 2011 News Briefs include: an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony for the elementary school in Indian Springs subdivision and an advance for the school board meeting on June 28.... (Read More)
6/14/2011
Students in Comal ISD’s SACC Summer Program to have season full of fun Students in Comal ISD’s School Age Child Care (SACC) Summer Program beat the heat by heading out early for a Bike Rodeo at Bill Brown Elementary School on June 14. Nearly 150 students from grades K-5th zigzagged through cones, rode around a challenging circle and raced down a long straightaway on b... (Read More)
6/14/2011
Comal ISD's Becky Walker receives prestigious honor Comal ISD Director of Career and Technology Becky Walker has been selected as the 2011 Outstanding Career and Technology Administrator for Area 7. Walker also received the same honor from the Awards Committee of the Career and Technology Association of Texas (CTAT) in 2009. “It was a total surpr... (Read More)
6/8/2011
Comal ISD performs at high levels on TAKS The preliminary results are in and Comal ISD students continue to excel on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. ... (Read More)
6/8/2011
Insurance acknowledgement form required for athletic, extracurricular events Parents of middle and high school Comal ISD students competing in all sports or other University Interscholastic League (UIL) extracurricular events will be required to provide health or accident insurance for their children or waive the right to do so, beginning August 1.... (Read More)
6/7/2011
Meeting announced for nonprofit schools to participate in Comal ISD federal programs Private and private nonprofit schools within the Comal ISD boundaries may be eligible to participate in federal program services.... (Read More)
6/7/2011
Student registration dates announced Just as summer gets under way, registration dates for campuses in Comal ISD for the 2011-12 have been announced.... (Read More)
6/6/2011
News Briefs for June 6, 2011 A groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school at Indian Springs in Bexar County is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21 at 9 a.m.; the Comal ISD school board is seeking applicants for the open District 1 position.... (Read More)
6/3/2011
Comal ISD ready to open Kinder Ranch, break ground at Indian Springs Comal ISD’s newest campus, Kinder Ranch Elementary, is on schedule to open on August 22, the first day of the upcoming school year. It is located in the Kinder Ranch subdivision near the intersection of Borgfeld and Bulverde roads in northern Bexar County. The school is one of two elementary school... (Read More)
6/1/2011
Comal ISD employees treated to Health Fair at Canyon High More than 40 health and wellness booths were available to Comal ISD employees during the Summer Breeze Health Fair at Canyon High School on June 1. The event was sponsored by the Canyon Lake and New Braunfels area Texas Retired Teachers Associations. Area professionals provided free services that ... (Read More)
5/28/2011
1,087 Comal ISD graduates walk the Strahan Coliseum stage The 1,087 students that walked the Strahan Coliseum stage on the Texas State University campus Saturday in San Marcos during three Comal ISD high school graduation ceremonies brought the district’s number of 2011 graduates to more than 1,100. Canyon High’s graduation kicked off the joyous day begin... (Read More)
5/26/2011
School Board begins search for new District 1 trustee The Comal ISD Board of Trustees is accepting applications from eligible patrons in District 1 through Monday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Carolyn Miller vacated the seat this past April. Eligible voters must apply with a letter of interest and résumé by June 20. A onepage application, available from Comal... (Read More)
5/27/2011
New school board president Frank Baker and new District 4 representative Dale Dehlin sworn in at May 26 BOT meeting The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday set a timeline for filling the District 1 seat vacated in April by Carolyn Miller. Applications will be accepted through June 20 with candidates scheduled for interview prior to the June 28 regular meeting. Pictured is Jeanie Mendez swearing in new school ... (Read More)
5/27/2011
Comal Academy ceremony kicks off district’s Graduation Week The Comal Academy, the district’s self-paced high school, kicked off Comal ISD’s graduation week with a ceremony at Canyon Lake High. The Academy’s 45 graduates walked the stage on May 24. “I’m very proud of each and every one of our students,” said Academy principal Karen Stevens. “They stayed the... (Read More)
5/26/2011
CHS instructors Cregier and Garcia earn top Air Force JROTC honor Congratulations to Canyon High instructors Major (Ret) Kevin Cregier and MSgt (Ret) Ed Garcia who were selected as two of the 2010-11 Outstanding Air Force JROTC Instructors by the program’s headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Only 170 of the 1,700 Air Force JROTC instructors worldw... (Read More)
5/23/2011
Students, staff embrace last week of school The last week of the 2010-11 school year will be a little different than most for students and staff of Comal ISD. Students will be released early on Thursday; elementary students will be released at 2:45 p.m. and secondary students will be released at 1 p.m. On Friday, elementary students will be r... (Read More)
5/23/2011
FES students get their dance groove on with Zumba fitness workout Students at Freiheit Elementary had their own Dance Revolution on May 19 as a Zumba instructor from the New Braunfels YMCA energized P.E. classes. Students in grades 3-5 were able to get their bodies in motion as the gym was decked out with a disco ball and music that varied from hip-hop to salsa. ... (Read More)
5/23/2011
CSES ‘Millionaires Club’ rewarded with limo ride Clear Spring Elementary School has an exclusive "Millionaires Club" whose members are made up of students who read at least 1 million words in the Accelerated Reader program during the school year. This year's membership included 29 students who were rewarded with a limousine ride on May 19 with cl... (Read More)
5/23/2011
CLHS junior headed to New York City for scientific internship Kirstin Maulding, a junior at Canyon Lake High School, has been accepted as a summer intern to Dr. James Hudspeth, M.D., Head of the Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience at Rockefeller University in New York City. Maulding will be working with zebra fish cells, as they have similar hair follicle cells... (Read More)
5/23/2011
Comal ISD students earn Lamar Medal The New Braunfels Masonic Lodge presented the Lamar Medal to two distinguished seniors, twins Travis and Tyler Croom. The Lamar Medal is an award set up to be presented by local Masonic Lodges to students who have excelled academically, through leadership in extracurricular activities and volunteer... (Read More)
5/20/2011
Comal ISD students recognized for state, national achievements On May 19, more than 200 students from the Canyon, Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake high school feeder patterns were recognized for athletic and academic accomplishments at the state or national level during the 2010-11 school year at the CHS Performing Arts Center. Pictured is Smithson Valley High p... (Read More)
5/19/2011
CHS student finishes second at national BPA event AJ Rice, a junior at Canyon High School, finished second in the Presentation Management competition at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C. May 4-8. Rice originally qualified for the national competition by finishing third at the BPA St... (Read More)
5/19/2011
Four SVHS students named National Merit Scholars Four Smithson Valley High seniors may be on their way to becoming the next Bill Gates, M. Night Shyamalan, Stephenie Meyer or John Roberts. Whether Lauren Haney, Michael Nipper, Kayla Oliver or Ben Whitehead decide to launch their own software company, direct and write their own films, write an epic... (Read More)
5/15/2011
Comal ISD athletes shine at UIL state events Comal ISD had multiple athletes place at UIL State events last week. Canyon High sophomore sensation Chamaya Turner won a gold medal at the Class 4A UIL State Track and Field Meet at Myers Stadium on the University of Texas-Austin campus on May 13. She earned the medal in the discus with a personal... (Read More)
5/18/2011
Graduates past and future lauded at banquet Comal ISD graduates past and future, nearly 50 of them, were lauded on Tuesday at the annual Jan Heckendorn Academic Recognition Banquet sponsored by the Comal Education Foundation.... (Read More)
5/17/2011
Homestretch approaches for Class of 2011 The final two weeks of the public school careers of some 1,110 students in Comal ISD are under way as the Class of 2011 readies for graduation day.... (Read More)
5/14/2011
Dehlin wins District 4 School Board seat Dale Dehlin of Canyon Lake has won a seat on the Comal ISD school board, representing District 4. ... (Read More)
5/16/2011
Career Day fun at Freiheit Elementary Students at Freiheit Elementary enjoyed listening to a wide variety of community members during the school’s Career Day on May 13. Representatives from the H-E-B Bakery, New Braunfels Sheriff’s Office, Happy Tails Pet Ranch, New Braunfels Police Department, New Braunfels Fire Department and many oth... (Read More)
5/12/2011
Parents, students embrace technology at showcase Technology is alive and well in Comal ISD as portrayed the past two Wednesday evenings at the district’s technology showcases. Last week, more than 1,000 parents and students attended the showcase at Smithson Valley High School (SVHS), where students in grades K-12 at SVHS’ feeder schools tested som... (Read More)
5/11/2011
SVHS TSA students clean up at state The SVHS (TSA) came home with a bus full of awards at the state meet in Waco May 5-7. Ranger Tech students brought home 15 Best in State awards, 62 blue ribbons, 17 red ribbons and eight white ribbons. The Best in State awards came from a wide range of categories including digital photography and g... (Read More)
5/11/2011
Budget dominates workshop discussion The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday again approached the precarious position of trying to make decisions based on incomplete information from Austin. During a budget workshop, the school board looked at revenue scenarios for the district, including budget shortfall targets and proposals for o... (Read More)
5/11/2011
Seven SVHS seniors receive Navy ROTC scholarships Think one school receiving six Navy ROTC scholarships in one year is impressive? Well Smithson Valley High already had announced that total earlier in the school year, but the Rangers added one more Navy ROTC scholarship to the mix recently as Tiya Mitchell joined an impressive group that includes... (Read More)
5/10/2011
Celebration makes young authors out of Garden Ridge Elementary students Susie Scott didn’t hesitate when asked just how important Garden Ridge Elementary School’s Young Author’s Celebration was to her granddaughter Asha Taylor. “This is a forum that gives children a chance to express themselves,” Scott said. “It broadens their horizons and it gives them something to re... (Read More)
5/9/2011
Foundation grant provides Church Hill Middle students opportunity to learn from Traveling Art Museum Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci invented the helicopter, the mechanical calculator and ways to harness solar power in addition to painting masterpieces like the Mona Lisa? The students in Theresa Davis’ art classes at Church Hill Middle School do thanks to a Comal Education Foundation grant “Hey... (Read More)
5/9/2011
Foundation banquet honors graduates, alumni Two alumni will be honored with the prestigious 2011 Comal ISD Outstanding Graduate Award during the Comal Education Foundation’s annual academic recognition banquet on Tuesday, May 17. Called the Jan Heckendorn Academic Recognition Banquet in honor of one of the Foundation’s founding members, the b... (Read More)
5/9/2011
News Briefs, May 2-6 This week's news briefs include: next year's budget will be the topic of discussion during Tuesday's school board workshop, which begins at 6 p.m.; The election for District 4 will be Saturday at the Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club; and CISD has received a $2,000 loss prevention grant from the Tex... (Read More)
5/9/2011
CHS JROTC unit receives prestigious award The Canyon High School Air Force Junior ROTC unit has been selected as one of 200 out of 849 nationwide and overseas to earn the 2010-2011 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award with Merit. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectat... (Read More)
5/6/2011
Comal ISD STAR athletes enjoy district track and field meet Middle and high school students from around Comal ISD competed in the district’s season-ending STAR Track and Field Meet on May 6 at Canyon High. Close to 100 athletes were greeted by the CHS drum line as they entered the stadium. The school’s Air Force JROTC presented the colors and CHS’ choir ... (Read More)
5/6/2011
Comal ISD names 2011 Teachers of the Year Sarah Culpepper, a kindergarten teacher in her fourth year at Rahe Bulverde Elementary School, and Kevin Howell, a language arts teacher at the Comal Discipline Center, will now advance to regionals in the Texas Education Agency’s Teacher of the Year program after being named 2011 Comal ISD Teachers... (Read More)
5/5/2011
SVHS Tech Showcase draws hundreds as students display incredible technology; next showcases planned May 11 at CLHS and May 18 at CHS Students in all grades, K-12, in the Smithson Valley High feeder pattern proudly displayed technology projects they’ve been working on all school year to more than 1,000 parents and community members at the Smithson Valley High Technology Showcase May 4. As a great bonus for attending the showcase, ... (Read More)
5/3/2011
SVHS student Dominguez is offered nearly $1 million in scholarships Smithson Valley High principal John Montelongo said it all when he announced over the school’s public address system just how proud he was of one of his senior student’s accomplishments. “We have a student that’s started the million dollar club at Smithson Valley High School,” Montelongo said. “His ... (Read More)
5/3/2011
CLHS announces more than $2.7 million in scholarships on senior awards night Canyon Lake High celebrated its senior awards night on May 2, as more than $94,000 in local and close to $2.7 million in outside scholarship winners were announced. CLHS will graduate close to 225 seniors on May 28 at Strahan Coliseum on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos. The gradu... (Read More)
5/3/2011
Field Day Fun at Freiheit Elementary Freiheit Elementary School had its 3rd grade Field Day on May 2, as students played games like egg-and-spoon relay, scooter relay, musical chairs, flag tag, dodge ball and had noodle races. Freiheit Elementary P.E. teacher Renee Ortega coordinated the event, which included many volunteers and family... (Read More)
5/2/2011
News Briefs, April 25-29 News Briefs this week include: the school board unanimously agreed to renew the contract with Chartwells as the district's food service manager; early voting begins today in the District 4 school board race; summer camps through the district's community education program are available for registrati... (Read More)
4/29/2011
Three SVHS FCCLA students headed to nationals Smithson Valley High School FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) students competed in Houston at the State STAR (Student Taking Action with Recognition) competition in April. The 1st place winners from SVHS, Hailey Garcia (job interview category), Pyper Dunavin (interior design), a... (Read More)
4/25/2011
CLHS choir wins UIL sweepstakes The Canyon Lake High School (CLHS) varsity mixed choir won sweepstakes at the UIL concert/sight reading competition. This marks the first time in the school’s history and the first time as a varsity choir for the “superior” rating in contest performance and sight reading. The CLHS Varsity Women’s Ch... (Read More)
4/25/2011
News Briefs, April 18-21 News Briefs this week include: the April regular school board meeting will be Tuesday at 6 p.m.; Dr. Marc Walker addresses financial limbo districts face in his latest letter to employees; Canyon Lake High School choir wins sweepstakes; and May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week.... (Read More)
4/25/2011
SVHS girls golf team headed to state Congratulations goes out to the Smithson Valley High girls golf team. The Lady Rangers finished second at the Class 4A Region IV tournament at Pecan Valley Golf Course in San Antonio last week. As a result, SVHS qualified for the UIL Class 4A State Tournament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin May ... (Read More)
4/21/2011
Watch DOGS program a success in Comal ISD Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) invites male role models to participate at their child’s school at several Comal ISD campuses. Many dads start by working the drop-off line in the morning and welcoming kids to school. They also read in classrooms, monitor the hallways and playground, help out in... (Read More)
4/21/2011
CHMS teachers, students receive historical gifts Members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas presented a Texas flag that flew over the Alamo recently to Church Hill Middle School seventh-grade history teachers Dale Parish and Larry Levermann. In addition, the teachers were presented with books signed by authors, and replicas of important his... (Read More)
4/18/2011
News Briefs, April 11-15 News Briefs this week include: Intensive TAKS testing will take place the week of April 26-29, with a student and staff holiday scheduled for April 22; the Comal Education Foundation annual golf classic raised $37,000; and the parent information summit at Mountain Valley Middle School drew parents f... (Read More)
4/15/2011
Comal ISD sends entries to ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair After competing and qualifying at the district level, and regional level, three Comal ISD students have placed at the state science fair. Two of those finished in first place, CMS’ Ritt Givens, whose project “For Appearance’s Sake” finished first in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category, and C... (Read More)
4/15/2011
Two SVHS seniors earn Lamar Medal At a special meeting of the Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge on March 31, the Lamar Medal was presented to two all-around outstanding Smithson Valley seniors, Danny Leal and Kate Murphy. The Lamar Medal is an award set up by the Canyon Lake Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas to be presented by local Masonic Lod... (Read More)
4/14/2011
Elementary, middle school acceleration testing dates announced Applications for elementary and middle school student acceleration testing are available for download at http://www.comalisd.org/Curriculum_Instruction/Accountability_Assessment.asp. Deadline is May 12. The tests will be conducted in June and August.... (Read More)
4/13/2011
Students in RCES School Age Child Care program have exciting Spirit Week Rebecca Creek Elementary students in the Comal ISD School Age Child Care (SACC) program are having an exciting time celebrating SACC Spirit Week April 11-15. Some of the themes included camouflage day, wacky socks day, San Antonio Spurs day and Hawaiian day.Here, the students are enjoying perhaps t... (Read More)
4/13/2011
CSES families enjoy Fine Arts Extravaganza Hundreds of students and their family members enjoyed the PTA Fine Arts Extravaganza at Clear Spring Elementary School on April 12. The campus was covered wall-to-wall with artistic creations designed by students in grades K-5. Some of the art projects included sculptures, papier-mâché, pencil and m... (Read More)
4/13/2011
SVHS’ Mayfield named Class 4A Female Swimmer of the Year Smithson Valley High star Anna Mayfield was recently named the Class 4A Female Swimmer of the Year by the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. The SVHS junior sensation had a pair of exceptional performances at the UIL State Meet earlier this year, grabbing the Class 4A gold medals i... (Read More)
4/12/2011
News Briefs, April 4-8 News Briefs this week include: A Care Van will be stationed at various campuses throughout the spring for immunizations; Dr. Marc Walker's latest letter to employees tackles the conundrum of addressing enrollment growth along with a shrinking operations budget; and Garden Ridge Elementary School is ... (Read More)
4/8/2011
Sensational scholarships at SVHS Congratuations to Smithson Valley High Navy JRTOC members Maxwell Terry, Andrew Franklin, Erika Castro, Justin Rivas, Lacy Rudd and Mark Elias who all earned $185,000 Navy ROTC scholarships. Their SVHS NJROTC instructors are Chester Martinez and Vincent Quidachay.... (Read More)
4/6/2011
School board mulls fund balance, future bonds The topic was the same, but the context was different during Tuesday’s budget workshop of the Comal ISD Board of Trustees. The school board continued its work to address a projected $16.8 million budget gap, but discussion of the use of fund balance was colored by the inevitable enrollment growth an... (Read More)
4/4/2011
STAR athletes help kick off Cougar Relays The Comal ISD STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) athletes continued their tradition of opening the Cougar Relays by running sprints of 50 and 100 meters on the brand new Canyon High track. Every STAR athlete who participated on April 1 earned a medal. “It’s something we greatly ... (Read More)
4/4/2011
Parent meetings planned for elementary language learners Parent information meetings for the district's Spanish Immersion program (offered at Hoffmann Lane Elementary and Rahe Bulverde Elementary) and for the dual language program (offered at Morningside Elementary, Bill Brown Elementary and Clear Spring Elementary) are scheduled for early and mid-April.... (Read More)
4/4/2011
News Briefs, March 28-April 1 News Briefs this week include: TAKS for 5th grade and 8th grade students in reading and math are today and tomorrow; Andrew Riali of Canyon Lake High School has advanced to state competition in UIL technical theater; and a parent summit for students in the Canyon Lake feeder pattern will be Thursday... (Read More)
4/1/2011
Kid’s Café site opens as part of CIS after-school program at CMS As a part of the after-school program that Communities In Schools has been providing at Canyon Middle School this school year, CIS has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank and Feeding America to host a Kid’s Café site. Students in the Communities In Schools after-school program at Canyon Middl... (Read More)
4/1/2011
School board renews contracts The Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously agreed to renew contracts for teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians and administrators for the 2011-12 school year. ... (Read More)
3/31/2011
Tips offered for talking to your teens Teen dating violence, unfortunately, is a fact of life, but a group of Mountain Valley Middle School parents learned on Wednesday some of the warning signs, as well as tips to talking with their teens.... (Read More)
3/31/2011
SVHS students witness impact of 'shattered dreams' Students at Smithson Valley High School (SVHS) on Thursday morning witnessed with excruciating reality what could happen when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a car. Shattered Dreams, a youth-led community collaborative program designed to educate students and parents about the serious iss... (Read More)
3/31/2011
HLES students raise big bucks for American Heart Association Hoffmann Lane Elementary did a tremendous job in a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association this semester. Through the Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart program, HLES students raised more than $10,000 for the American Heart Association. It was one of the top totals in the greater San Ant... (Read More)
3/31/2011
CHS’ Moreno captures Division I state powerlifting title Congratulations to Canyon High’s Jeffrey Moreno (pictured), who captured the gold medal in the Division I 198-pound weight class at the State Powerlifting Meet in Abilene on March 26. He bench-pressed 340 pounds, squatted 625 pounds, and dead-lifted 620 pounds for his state-winning 1,585-pound total... (Read More)
3/28/2011
Education Foundation helps bring television monitors to school buses Students in Comal ISD are learning just how much fun a bus ride can be when accompanied by a NASA rocket launch or a panda and her newborn cub on the Discovery Channel. The school district now has two Bus-Ed-Safe-TV (BEST) monitors, which are 26-inch LCD televisions placed securely at the front of t... (Read More)
3/28/2011
News Briefs, March 21-25 News briefs this week include: School Board meeting will be Thursday at 6 p.m.; campuses begin a donation drive for victims in Japan; and information meetings are scheduled for parents interested in the district's dual language program. ... (Read More)
3/28/2011
SVHS Navy JROTC team winning scholarships and drill meets Smithson Valley High Navy JRTOC members Andrew Franklin, Erika Castro, Lacy Rudd, Mark Elias, Justin Rivas and Maxwell Terry all earned $185,000 Navy ROTC scholarships recently. In addition, the impressive Smithson Valley High Navy JROTC students took first-place overall at the Rice University Drill... (Read More)
3/22/2011
Campus administrative changes announced Comal ISD announces campus administrative changes to take place for the 2011-12 school year.... (Read More)
3/21/2011
Breakfast in the Classroom at Morningside and Startzville Waffles, fruit muffins, yogurt and juice – sounds like a breakfast you’d have to go to your local IHOP for, doesn’t it? All students at Morningside and Startzville elementary schools have to do is head to their classroom in the morning. As part of Chartwells’ “Breakfast in the Classroom” program tha... (Read More)
3/21/2011
Pediatric Mobile Unit visits Morningside Elementary Christus Santa Rosa RN Lisa Zerda (right) turns the tables on Morningside Elementary RN Crissy Inmon during a quick check up before school on March 21. The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mobile Unit provides preventative and minor medical services and dental screenings. Currently,... (Read More)
3/14/2011
One contested race slated for May 14 election Nancy Pappas of New Braunfels and Dale Dehlin of Canyon Lake have filed for a place on the ballot to represent single-member District 4 in the May 14 Comal ISD school board election. In District 3, incumbent Frank Baker has filed for a third term on the board.... (Read More)
3/11/2011
AC-MECHS celebrates National Early College High School Week Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School is one of 230 early colleges nationwide that will bring together students, administrators, parents, community leaders, and legislators to celebrate Early College High School Week 2011, March 20-26. As part of the week’s activities, the school and its... (Read More)
3/11/2011
News Briefs, March 7-11 News briefs this week include: An Open House is scheduled at Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School for Thursday, March 24; and a parent summit for parents and students in the Canyon Lake High School feeder pattern will be April 14.... (Read More)
3/11/2011
CLHS JROTC Leadership Team headed back to Washington D.C. If the officials in Washington D.C. ever think about naming a second national bird, they may want to consider the Hawk. For the second straight year, the Canyon High Hawks’ Leadership Team qualified for the Army JROTC Academic Championship finals of the worldwide question and answer contest. The fin... (Read More)
3/10/2011
Austin Shakespeare performs World’s Fastest Hamlet at CHS Anyone who ever thought the works of William Shakespeare were boring certainly got a culture shock Thursday morning at Canyon High’s new Performing Arts Center. The Austin Shakespeare troupe visited the campus and performed “The World’s Fastest Hamlet” by Tom Stoppard. Under the direction of Ann Ci... (Read More)
3/9/2011
OCES Discover Science Exhibit a hit Students at Oak Creek Elementary had a lot of fun proving hypothesis and building biomes recently during a campus-wide “Discover Science Exhibit.” Students in grades K-3 decorated the walls of the school with beautiful biomes ranging from oceans, deserts, rain forests, and the arctic. Fourth and fif... (Read More)
3/8/2011
Spring Break brings precautions, advice Spring Break in Comal ISD is Monday, March 14, through Friday, March 18. All campuses and administrative offices will be closed. Campuses and administrative offices will reopen Monday, March 21.... (Read More)
3/7/2011
News Briefs, Feb. 28-March 4 News briefs include: applications are sought for Comal ISD Outstanding Graduates; Dr. Marc Walker explains the timelines for addressing the current budget challenge; and Canyon Lake High School JROTC advances to Round 3 in competition.... (Read More)
3/2/2011
CHMS student’s documentary qualifies for Texas History Day competition Church Hill Middle student Kyle Spinks probably wouldn’t have liked the classic movie “Casablanca.” The Oscar winner’s famous song “As Time Goes By” unfortunately described his experience at last year’s Regional History Fair. Spinks finished one place away from qualifying for state. Although he was ... (Read More)
3/2/2011
SVHS' Mayfield golden at UIL State Swim Meet Just 18 months after a pool was installed at Smithson Valley High, the school has a state swimming champion. SVHS junior Anna Mayfield splashed away the competition at the UIL State Swim Meet in Austin in February, winning gold in both the Class 4A 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke in the e... (Read More)
2/28/2010
Comal ISD receives many awards at TSPRA state convention Comal ISD received multiple awards for excellence in school communications at the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) annual state conference in Arlington. Comal ISD received two Best of Category honors, 14 Gold Star Awards and two Silver Star Awards. For the third straight year, Jason... (Read More)
2/28/2011
News Briefs, Feb. 21-25 News briefs from Feb. 21-25 include: School Board calls trustee election at Thursday's meeting; students ready for TAKS season; and kindergarten registration dates are posted on the website.... (Read More)
2/25/2011
School Board aims to preserve teachers' jobs The projected budget shortfall, specifically avenues to preserve teachers’ jobs with the aid of the district’s fund balance, dominated School Board discussion on Thursday.... (Read More)
2/21/2011
Help CHS students build a school in India during SPUD Week The Canyon High National Honor Society is going international, and they need your help to do it. The CHS National Honor Society has a goal of raising $8,500 to build a school in India. So far, they have raised about $2,600. It’s all part of the organization “Free the Children” and its project “Adopt... (Read More)
2/21/2011
Comal ISD News Briefs Feb. 14-18 News briefs from Feb. 14-18 include: Applications accepted for two trustee positions, Tour Canyon High and help build a school in India, and Trustees to look at budget, hear construction report. ... (Read More)
2/16/2011
Fund balance tops Trustee budget discussion By the end of the budget workshop on Tuesday, the Comal ISD School Board appeared united and ready to dedicate a portion of the district’s $57-million fund balance, or savings account, toward rescuing teaching positions.... (Read More)
2/14/2011
District News Briefs, Feb. 7-11 Attached are several key news items,including: Judy Murray has been named principal of Kinder Ranch Elementary School; Monday is the first day to file for a seat on the CISD School Board; and Dr. Marc Walker details some of the proposed budget reductions for the next biennium.... (Read More)
2/10/2011
Six Comal ISD students named National Merit Finalists Five students from Smithson Valley High and one from Canyon Lake High received notice that they were among only 15,000 of the 1.5 million students nationwide to be named National Merit Finalists. This designation is based on performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Te... (Read More)
2/16/2011
SVHS students to present Wizard of Oz Feb. 17, 18 and 19 Smithson Valley High School students will open the musical “Wizard of Oz,” in the school’s new performing arts center on Feb. 17, 18 and 19. Each night, there will be a performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee on Feb. 19, beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for... (Read More)
2/7/2011
District News Briefs, Jan. 31-Feb. 4 Attached are several key news items, including: Seven campuses have earned places on the National Center for Educational Achievement 2010 Higher Performing Schools List for Texas; Dr. Marc Walker describes some of the factors contributing to the statewide budget shortfall; and the bad weather makeup... (Read More)
2/7/2011
Kinder students celebrate 101st day of school Kindergarten students at Startzville Elementary celebrated the 101st day of the 2010-11 school year in literary style on Feb. 1 by dressing up as “101 Dalmatians.” Pictured is Cruella de Vil (teacher Abbie Barr) reading to students Emiliano Garza and Gwenyth McCutchen. Also pictured is Aimiee White... (Read More)
2/7/2011
Students enjoy Tommy Franks Museum Road Show Allison Millage and Dylan Larned, sixth-grade students in Bryon Gardner’s social studies class at Church Hill Middle, study a traditional dress from Eritrea, which is located in Eastern Africa. Also pictured is sixth grader Bryce Bingham looking at ceremonial drums from Kenya.It was part of the Tomm... (Read More)
2/2/2011
Comal Budget Update Dr. Marc Walker, Superintendent of Comal ISD, describes the factors that have contributed to the statewide budget shortfall and corresponding budget deficit for Comal ISD for the next biennium.... (Read More)
2/1/2011
Inspirational soldier visits Church Hill Middle Troy Yocum’s goal when he started walking last April was to make a difference in people’s lives. He gave Church Hill Middle seventh-grade student Wyatt Rose a thrill of a lifetime Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after Yocum addressed the entire Church Hill Middle student body, he took the time to single ... (Read More)
1/31/2011
Early College High School - 8th grade parent info sessions Feb 1 (at CLHS), Feb 3 (at ACMECHS) and Feb 8 (at SVHS) Are you a parent of a current eighth-grade student? Are you interested in hearing how your student can attend our Early College High School and graduate high school with up to 60 college credit hours? Then please attend one of these Parent Information Nights at the following locations: (all three be... (Read More)
1/27/2011
CHS to present Annie Get Your Gun Feb. 4-7 Canyon High School students will present the beloved musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” Feb. 4-7 at the school’s new performing arts center. The Friday, Saturday and Monday (Feb. 4, 5 and 7) performances begin at 7 p.m. and the Sunday (Feb. 6) performance begins at 2 p.m. Presale tickets are available at... (Read More)
1/27/2011
Five CHS students make All-State Band Canyon High School recently had a school-record five students named to the All-State Band. More than 100,000 students began auditioning at the district level and after regional and area rounds, fewer than 1,000 advanced to the state level. ... (Read More)
1/27/2011
Comal Budget Update Dr. Marc Walker, Superintendent of Comal ISD, details the impact on the district budget of the state's projected $30 billion shortfall. Using the most liberal funding scenario, Comal ISD is preparing to cut an estimated $17.6 million from next year's budget.... (Read More)
1/26/2011
School Board OKs elementary attendance zones After lengthy discussion about future enrollment growth and related construction, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved elementary school attendance zones to accommodate the opening of Kinder Ranch Elementary School and the elementary school in Indian Springs.... (Read More)
1/24/2011
New pool has swim team firing off the starting blocks at CLHS Despite the fact the Canyon Lake High pool has only been open since shortly after New Year’s Day, the school’s swimmers are already making waves. With only a couple of weeks of practice time in the new pool, CLHS head coach Doug Hammen decided to take a few of the Hawks’ best swimmers to the distric... (Read More)
1/24/2011
District News Briefs for the Week of Jan. 17-21 Attached are several key news items, including: Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m., district website sports a new look, and three valuable tips to protect ourselves from the flu.... (Read More)
1/20/2011
Clear Spring Elementary holds first Spelling Bee Twenty-five third, fourth and fifth grade students participated in the first Clear Spring Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 20. Students tackled tough words like gnash, nectar, multitude, desirable, envision, and quench. Fifth-grade student Niyasha Johnson won the Clear Spring Spelling Bee Championshi... (Read More)
1/17/2011
District News Briefs for the Week of Jan. 10-14 Attached are several key news items, including: Canyon High's production of "Annie Get Your Gun" scheduled for Feb. 4-7, school board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 25, and Early Childhood Screening Feb. 17.... (Read More)
1/14/2011
Parent/Community Summit Feb. 5 at Spring Branch Middle School; Many expert speakers scheduled Highly successful Smithson Valley High head football coach Larry Hill will be among the expert speakers scheduled to lead breakout sessions at the 3rd Annual Comal ISD Parent/Community Summit. The summit will take place at Spring Branch Middle School (21053 Hwy. 46 W, Spring Branch, 78070) on Saturd... (Read More)
1/13/2011
Comal ISD, CHS to host 75th annual TASC conference in Arlington Comal ISD, through Canyon High School, is the proud host of the 75th Annual Conference of the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) Conference. The conference will take place April 3-5 at the Arlington Convention Center. It is the largest gathering of student council leaders in the countr... (Read More)
1/10/2011
School-Based Health Center serves all students Comal ISD is pleased to announce the grand opening of the New Braunfels Christus Santa Rosa/Comal ISD School Based Health Center. The Christus Santa Rosa’s pediatric mobile unit will be located at Startzville Elementary School and Morningside Elementary School twice per month at each campus. The ce... (Read More)
1/10/2011
District News Briefs for the Week of January 3-7 Attached are several key news items, including: Final exam schedule for secondary students, Board Recognition Month and parent/community summit information.... (Read More)
1/10/2011
Comal ISD announces promotions, hirings The year 2011 opened up with a couple of promotions and two new hires for Comal ISD.... (Read More)
1/7/2011
Comal ISD participates in First Lady’s ‘Chefs Move to Schools’ program Don’t be surprised if Comal ISD students are moving a bit faster in the cafeteria line in the near future. As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to help solve the childhood obesity problem, Mrs. Obama called on chefs to get involved by working with teachers, parents, school n... (Read More)
1/6/2011
Deadline for High School Acceleration Credit by Exam Jan. 26 For current Comal ISD students, Credit by Exam for Acceleration and Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction is offered twice per school year. The dates for testing for February/March, 2011 are as follows: February 26, 2011 @ Canyon Lake High School, 7:45 am March 5, 2011 @ Canyon High School, 7:45 a... (Read More)
1/6/2011
CHRISTUS Pediatric Mobile Unit visits Comal ISD The CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mobile Unit was on campus at Startzville Elementary on Jan. 5. The mobile unit will next visit Morningside Elementary in New Braunfels on Monday, Jan. 10.... (Read More)
1/6/2011
Tooth Time Dental Clinic provides valuable service at STZES Students at Startzville Elementary have a reason to smile big this week as the “Tooth Time Dental Clinic” paid a visit to the STZES campus.... (Read More)
12/16/2010
D.A.R.E graduations held across Comal ISD Sheriff’s Deputy Homer Balderas thinks he has one of the best jobs in Comal County. If you saw the looks on the faces of the students graduating from his Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program at Morningside Elementary on Dec. 15 it would be hard to argue with him. ... (Read More)
12/8/2010
SVHS FFA Senior Skills team finishes second at state competition Congratulations to the Smithson Valley High team that finished second at the State FFA Skills Leadership Development Event. The SVHS team comprised of Kaitlyn Craft, Donnie Michalec and Taylor Walker finished second in the state Senior Skills competition held at Sam Houston State University in Hunts... (Read More)
12/3/2010
Clear Spring Elementary first-ever Texas school to Rock Our World Clear Spring was chosen as one of only 45 schools from six continents, and is the only Texas school ever to participate in the Rock Our World project. ... (Read More)
12/2/2010
Comal ISD has one of nation’s first school district apps Comal ISD is proud to the announce district’s new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch app is now available to download from the iTunes store.... (Read More)
11/23/2010
Ribbon Cutting held for CHRISTUS School-Based Health Clinic CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mobile Unit was recently awarded a five-year grant to begin a School-Based Health Clinic in Comal County. The grant will be administered in partnership with Comal ISD. The Pediatric Mobile Unit will act as a part-time health center at the Mornings... (Read More)
11/22/2010
Middle School curriculum update, secondary registration begins Dec. 6 The College and Career Readiness Curriculum (CCRC) in science and social studies will begin in 2011-12 for all three middle school grade levels. Math and English-Language Arts will be phased in over a three-year period from 2011-2014. The 2011-12 school year course selections for Comal ISD middle... (Read More)
11/19/2010
Comal ISD STAR sports bowls another strike When Linda Nemec’s son Chance was born with brain severe damage, she could have listened to the doctors that said he’d be lucky to be able to roll over by himself during his lifetime.Nemec wishes those same doctors could see her son now. Chance couldn’t contain his smile on Nov. 19 when he received... (Read More)
11/15/2010
Canyon High softball players sign with Big 12 Conference schools Two of the players that helped lead the Canyon High softball team to the state tournament the past two seasons are headed to the Big 12 Conference. Sarah Crockett signed a national letter of intent to play at Baylor University and Sara Mireles signed with Texas A&M in a ceremony at CHS. Both are se... (Read More)
11/11/2010
Veterans Day ceremonies held across Comal ISD There may have been a few dry eyes left at Oak Creek Elementary School near the end of an emotional Veterans Day ceremony Thursday morning. But after the event concluded with a “Salute to Veterans Parade,” anyone carrying a box of Kleenex quickly became the most popular person on campus. It was one ... (Read More)
11/10/2010
Black Hawk helicopter lands at HLES Hoffmann Lane Elementary School had an event leading up to Veterans Day that no one will soon forget. An Army Black Hawk helicopter landed on the school’s soccer field on the morning of Nov. 9. ... (Read More)
11/9/2010
Attendance zone meetings for JRES, TPES, SES, BBES families scheduled for Nov. 15, 16 Comal ISD will hold two public meetings in November to review and discuss attendance zone changes for the opening of Kinder Ranch Elementary in August 2011 and the opening of the elementary at Indian Springs in August 2012. Families currently enrolled in Johnson Ranch, Bill Brown, Timberwood Park an... (Read More)
11/5/2010
Cougars win Wurst Food Drive Canyon High, with the help of all the schools in its feeder pattern, once again won the Wurst Food Drive. CHS and its feeder schools collected 8,030 pounds of food to easily eclipse New Braunfels High’s total of 1,500 pounds. ... (Read More)
11/5/2010
Comal ISD receives 58 Gold Performance Awards Comal ISD received 58 Gold Performance Acknowledgement (GPA) awards from the Texas Education Agency for outstanding academic performance in 2010. Comal ISD received two of the 58 GPAs in Commended Performance: Social Studies and College Ready Graduates and a total of 22 campuses received acknowledge... (Read More)
11/4/2010
Course prepares SVHS students for future occupations The occupational preparation course at Smithson Valley High is designed to provide students with a curriculum and practicum experience focused on developing work transition skills beyond graduation. From the looks of things this school year, the course is a shining success. ... (Read More)
11/3/2010
November is theater month in Comal ISD Three Comal ISD high schools will perform fall plays this month. Canyon High School proudly presents “’Til Death Do Us Part,” Canyon Lake High will present "Teach Me How to Cry,” and Smithson Valley High will perform “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."... (Read More)
11/2/2010
Town Hall Meetings to discuss middle school curriculum scheduled Comal ISD will hold “Town Hall Meetings” at Mountain Valley Middle (Nov. 8), the district’s Support Services Building (Nov. 9) and Spring Branch Middle (Nov. 10) to discuss the implementation of a College and Career Readiness Curriculum (CCRC) for all Comal ISD middle school students. Comal ISD admi... (Read More)
10/28/2010
Comal ISD celebrates Red Ribbon Week Campuses around Comal ISD have had daily themes this week that include favorite jersey day to team up against drugs, dress like twins day to buddy up against drugs, and crazy socks day to sock it to drugs during Red Ribbon Week.... (Read More)
10/27/2010
SVMS teacher Cooper wins KENS5 SACU ExCEL Award Smithson Valley Middle School teacher Bart Cooper was honored as Comal ISD’s KENS5 San Antonio Credit Union ExCEL Award winner in a ceremony at SVMS on Oct. 26. He received the Golden Apple Award from KENS5 and a check for $1,000 from SACU. KENS5 will run a story featuring Cooper during its 6 p.m. n... (Read More)
10/27/2010
Comal ISD 2011-12 secondary-level course selections to take place Dec. 6-Jan. 10 The 2011-12 school year course selections for Comal ISD middle and high school students will take place from Dec. 6 through Jan. 10, 2011, which is two months earlier than when course selections have taken place in the past (February). Course guides will be made available to students and parents the... (Read More)
10/22/2010
Clear Spring Elementary officially dedicated Parents, students, teachers, and community members filled Clear Spring Elementary for the school’s dedication ceremony on Oct. 21.Comal ISD superintendent Dr. Marc Walker officially dedicated CSES and students, led by music teacher SueAnn Studdard, entertained the crowd with songs that included ... (Read More)
10/21/2010
Comal ISD honors National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Students and faculty from around Comal ISD have been doing all they can in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.... (Read More)
10/21/2010
Attendance zone meetings for JRES, TPES, SES, BBES families scheduled for Nov. 15, 16 Comal ISD will hold two public meetings in November to review and discuss attendance zone changes for the opening of Kinder Ranch Elementary in August 2011 and the opening of the elementary at Indian Springs in August 2012. Families currently enrolled in Johnson Ranch, Bill Brown, Timberwood Park an... (Read More)
10/18/2010
Comal ISD earns state's highest financial rating The Comal ISD school board will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 28 regarding the district’s financial accountability rating of “superior achievement” under the state’s School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) financial accountability rating system. The hearing will be hel... (Read More)
10/18/2010
Comal ISD celebrates National School Bus Safety Week Although Comal ISD’s director of student transportation services Gus Rodriguez is making a point to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 18-22, he’s quick to point out safety is something his department focuses on all year long.... (Read More)
10/18/2010
GT referral meetings to be held Nov. 2, 3 Comal ISD parents interested in learning more about the district’s Gifted/Talented referral and assessment process are invited to attend one of two informational meetings. Please see the attachment for the release and flyer for additional details.... (Read More)
10/14/2010
iMentor program has successful start at CMS The uncomfortable silence between members of the Canyon High Key Club and students in Vanessa Brown’s English as a Second Language (ESL) class at Canyon Middle lasted all of a few seconds. It soon became very clear that a new program called “iMentor” was going to be a success. ... (Read More)
10/14/2010
Ninety-six Comal ISD students earn AP Scholar Awards In recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams, 96 Comal ISD students have earned AP Scholar Awards. Forty-five of those students are from Smithson Valley High, 39 are from Canyon High, and 12 are from Canyon Lake High. ... (Read More)
10/12/2010
Safety lessons, fun times at Startzville Elementary Bike Rodeo Students, parents and volunteers from the Pilot Club of Canyon Lake took advantage of great weather on Oct. 8, as countless bikes were fine-tuned for fall fun at the Startzville Elementary Bike Rodeo. ... (Read More)
10/7/2010
Garden Ridge Elementary officially dedicated Dozens of parents, students, teachers, community members and city officials turned out for the Garden Ridge Elementary dedication on Oct. 6.... (Read More)
10/7/2010
Four SVHS seniors named National Hispanic Scholars Smithson Valley High seniors J.D. Subia, Shanna Schaefer, Richard Dominguez and Erika Castro have been named National Hispanic Scholars by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program.... (Read More)
10/1/2010
Hundreds attend Comal ISD College and Career Fair If the attendance figures at the second annual Comal ISD college and career fair are any indication, the number of students in the district looking to continue their educational quest after high school is on the rise.... (Read More)
10/1/2010
Thirteen Comal ISD students earn National Merit honors Of more than 1.5 million high school juniors that took the Pre-SAT test in 2009, only 16,000 were named National Merit Semifinalists. Seven of those National Merit Semifinalists were from Comal ISD high schools. Never before in the district’s 54-year history has CISD had so many elite students in th... (Read More)
9/30/2010
New cafeteria concept working well in Comal ISD It seems like a simple enough concept, but students in all grade levels have enjoyed serving themselves in Comal ISD lunch lines this school year. Don’t worry – cafeteria workers in the district didn’t go on strike. It’s all part of Chartwells’ game plan to have students eat more of exactly what the... (Read More)
9/29/2010
CLHS opens convenient new school store Canyon Lake High librarian Nancy Hartman has helped take some of the heartache out of dashing out to buy those last-minute supplies needed for everyday school tasks as well as major school projects. The CLHS school store, located in the library, recently held its grand opening.... (Read More)
9/27/2010
Comal ISD honored with economic impact award Since 2005, Comal ISD has spent nearly $400 million through two bond issues to put eight new elementary schools on the ground, renovate and expand the middle and high school campuses, buy land for future schools and much more to accommodate the growth the district has experienced. The district recen... (Read More)
9/23/2010
CHS JROTC students build unity at Newk’s Ranch Finding out exactly what roles his Canyon High JROTC students fit into is the reason CHS instructor Kevin Cregier has taken his cadets to the Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels for the last 10 years.... (Read More)
9/22/2010
Canyon Lake High students full of homecoming spirit Students at Canyon Lake High are brimming with school spirit this week as the Hawks prepare to host Luling Friday night for homecoming. CLHS students are showing school pride with themes like superhero day, hat and jersey day, and wear green and gold day.... (Read More)
9/16/2010
SVHS students save astronauts from danger The lives of astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Discovery and International Space Station were put into the hands of some Smithson Valley High students recently. During videoconference “Space Station Alpha” students in Misti Thueson’s AP environmental science class split into five teams that focused on... (Read More)
9/13/2010
Comal ISD GT parent meetings to be held Sept. 28, 29 Comal ISD parents interested in the district’s Gifted/Talented program are invited to attend one of two meetings on Sept. 28 or 29 to learn more about the program, who it serves, what services are offered and much more.... (Read More)
9/10/2010
CISD second annual career fair Sept. 30 On Sept. 30, all area high school students and parents are invited to attend Comal ISD’s second annual college and career fair from 6-8 p.m. at Canyon Lake High School located at 8555 FM 32 in Fischer. ... (Read More)
9/10/2010
Brooks named Comal ISD M and O Dept. Employee of the Year Congratulations to 2009-10 Maintenance and Operations Department Employee of the Year Brien Brooks. Brooks, a Comal ISD electrician, stood out among his peers and was recognized based on the fact he represented the highest level of efficiency and professionalism in the Maintenance and Operations Dep... (Read More)
9/10/2010
Comal Education Foundation makes learning fun Fifth Graders Scott Shepherd (left) and Alex Enriquez hang pine cone bird feeders along the nature trail of the BBES Outdoor Learning Center. The Outdoor Learning Center was made possible by a 2008 Comal Education Foundation Teacher Excellence Grant. ... (Read More)
9/10/2010
Super Hero week gets students ready to read Students at several different Comal ISD elementary schools had a great time during Super Hero week where they checked out books and talked about how to be a superhero in the library.... (Read More)
9/5/2010
CISD high school fall testing information, application For current Comal ISD high school students, Credit by Exam for Acceleration and Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction is offered twice per school year. Please see the attachment for the October dates and application.... (Read More)
9/5/2010
CISD board approves budget, name of new elementary The Comal ISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing at the Aug. 26 board meeting on the 2010-11 budget and tax rate in which the board proposed a $125 million general fund budget (net Chapter 41) and a six-cent increase to the debt service tax rate (raising it from 27 cents to 33 cents). No one fr... (Read More)
8/31/2010
Students loving life at new Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School Krystyna Castro was one of approximately 750 students attending Church Hill Middle School last year. And now, she is the member of a much more exclusive club. ... (Read More)
8/27/2010
CLHS JROTC students have amazing trip to D.C. Winning was on the minds of the Canyon Lake High School Army JROTC Leadership Team when it traveled to Washington D.C. this summer to compete in an online question and answer contest. What CLHS students learned during the trip took on a much broader meaning.... (Read More)
8/27/2010
STZES students say goodbye to summer with watermelon eating contest Fourth graders at Startzville Elementary held a “Say Goodbye to Summer” celebration Sept. 27. During the event students had watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests and made fruit smoothies with nutritious ingredients like bananas, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries.... (Read More)
8/27/2010
CLHS students to perform with rock band Foreigner Members of the Canyon Lake High choir are excited about being selected to perform with popular rock band Foreigner at Whitewater Amphitheater. They will sing former #1 hit “I Want to Know What Love Is” as part of network VH1’s “Save the Music” promotion, which is geared toward raising awareness of t... (Read More)
8/27/2010
Comal ISD students plan trip to Mars While many students were taking trips to the beach or mountains or floating the river at home over the summer, seniors Tara Hutchison and Alyssa Pappas were planning a trip to Mars.... (Read More)
8/23/2010
Comal ISD opens doors to three new campuses on first day of school The opening of three brand new campuses highlighted the first day of school on Aug. 23 around Comal ISD.... (Read More)
8/20/2010
Comal Education Foundation needs your support Help the CEF contribute with grants that go directly into classrooms to help Comal ISD teachers and students.... (Read More)
8/18/2010
Comal ISD’s first Project LEAD a success Congratulations to the first graduating class in Comal ISD's Project LEAD (Leaders Engaged in Administrator Development).... (Read More)
8/16/2010
ACMECHS students kick off school year in style Before heading to the Newcombe Ranch with her future high school classmates, Sharon Wasson never trusted anyone enough to be walking a tightrope more than 30 feet in the air with them.... (Read More)
8/16/2010
Fish Camp a hit at CLHS Canyon Lake High senior Josh Garcia never attended a Fish Camp, but he’s sure it would have made his early days as a freshman a lot easier. That’s why Garcia and his fellow student council members were happy to assist during the CLHS Fish Camp Aug. 11.... (Read More)
8/16/2010
Comal ISD summer program concludes with carnival A very successful Comal ISD School Age Child Care (SACC) summer program season came to an exciting conclusion on Aug. 11 at Johnson Ranch Elementary.... (Read More)
8/11/2010
Comal ISD board proposes six-cent debt service tax increase At the Aug. 10 school board workshop, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved a proposed six-cent increase to the district’s interest and sinking (I&S) or debt service tax rate, which will raise the rate from 27 cents to 33 cents per $100 valuation for property owners if approved in September. The ... (Read More)
8/11/2010
Comal ISD meets 2009-10 federal AYP standards in preliminary reports For the eighth consecutive year, preliminary results show Comal ISD has met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards required by the annual federal evaluation system under the No Child Left Behind Act. Official results will be released in the fall. ... (Read More)
8/10/2010
Middle School Acceleration Testing Fall Dates Announced Middle School Credit by Exam Acceleration tests will be given for Comal ISD students during the week of September 7-10, 2010. Testing will be administered at the student’s home campus. The deadline for parents to request middle school acceleration testing for the Fall testing window will be FRIDAY, ... (Read More)
8/10/2010
Elementary School Acceleration Testing Dates Announced Elementary School Credit by Exam Acceleration tests will be given for Comal ISD students during the week of September 7-10, 2010. Testing will be administered at the student’s home campus. The deadline for parents to request elementary school acceleration testing for the Fall testing window will be ... (Read More)
7/30/2010
CISD earns TEA 'recognized' rating Comal ISD was named a TEA (Texas Education Agency) Recognized school district for the 2009-10 school year. Of the district’s 22 campuses that were eligible for a rating, 12 campuses earned an “Exemplary” rating and 10 received a “Recognized” rating. ... (Read More)
7/28/2010
CLHS coach, students ready to jump into new pool It shouldn’t come as any big surprise that students are already fired up about the fact a brand new 25-yard long pool will be available on the Canyon Lake High campus around the time the 2010-11 school year begins.... (Read More)
7/28/2010
Comal ISD student Garcia inspired at National History Day competition Micaela Garcia made Comal ISD history this summer, as she became the first-ever Comal ISD student to compete at the annual National History Day competition held in Washington D.C. ... (Read More)
7/27/2010
Comal ISD issues online background check for volunteers Beginning Aug. 2, parents and other relatives who want to attend field trips, volunteer or assist in a classroom or in a school’s Parent Resource Center, will be required to go through a Volunteer Background Check through Comal ISD’s website at www.comalisd.org. ... (Read More)
7/27/2010
Comal ISD students enjoy SVHS pool this summer Students in Comal ISD’s School Age Child Care (SACC) summer program continue to have a cool time this summer.... (Read More)
6/29/2010
CHS JROTC students help in flood cleanup effort Members of the Canyon High Air Force JRTOC program lent a hand to New Braunfels residents Fred and Marilee Maxwell. The Maxwell’s home, which sits very close to the banks of the Guadalupe River, was flooded during heavy rains June 9. ... (Read More)
6/28/2010
Comal ISD recognizes Substitutes of the Year Some of Comal ISD’s unsung heroes received a nice surprise recently.... (Read More)
6/28/2010
High school exit level TAKS retesting July 12-15 Comal ISD high school students who need to retake an exit level TAKS test in social studies, math, science or ELA may do so at one of the three high schools from July 12-15. Please see the attached schedule for details. ... (Read More)
6/28/2010
Comal ISD ahead of pace on construction funded by bonds 2005 and 2008 The bond issues, which passed by wide margins, have helped the district keep up with the tremendous growth the area has seen in recent years.... (Read More)
7/28/2010
CISD hires CHS assistant principal The Comal ISD Board of Trustees recently approved several new assistant principals and curriculum coordinators for the 2010-2011 school year, including an assistant principal for Canyon High School.... (Read More)
6/22/2010
Comal ISD G/T boot camp attracts sharp minds Comal ISD students put their collective minds to work during the Gifted/Talented Boot Camp held at Mountain Valley Middle June 14-17.... (Read More)
6/22/2010
CHS Air Force JROTC highly successful at Summer Leadership School “These cadets will be our leaders. Based on their performance we are looking forward to an awesome school year," said Major Kevin Cregier, CHS instructor. In addition, the Canyon High School Air Force JROTC program will host its annual Freshman Training Camp, a day camp that is open to a... (Read More)
6/21/2010
School Age Child Care providing fun summer break for students Students attending Comal ISD’s School Age Child Care (SACC) summer program are in for an exciting couple of months.... (Read More)
6/17/2010
CHS golfer signs with St. Mary's Canyon High School golfer Shawn Bennett recently signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career at St. Mary’s University.... (Read More)
6/15/2010
Camp Invention students get creative If you had a tendency to break things as a kid just to see what was inside, Camp Invention would have been a perfect place to spend a week.... (Read More)
6/15/2010
TAKS math, reading retest June 29-30 Middle and elementary school students district-wide needing to retake the 8th grade or 5th grade math or reading portion of the TAKS can do so at Mountain Valley Middle, Bill Brown Elementary or Morningside Elementary June 29-30.... (Read More)
6/9/2010
Free Junior Deputy Academy provides fun, life lessons to local youth There is a good chance some of the next generation of Comal County law officers will come from this summer’s Junior Deputy Academy.... (Read More)
6/8/2010
Comal ISD performs at high levels on TAKS The preliminary results are in and Comal ISD students continue to excel on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. ... (Read More)
6/8/2010
Comal ISD breaks ground on new elementary school Comal ISD school board members, administrators as well as county and state officials were among those on hand to help break ground on a new elementary school to be built in the Kinder Ranch subdivision.... (Read More)
6/3/2010
Students at MVMS create 'Hawks Rise' mural The entire mural reads 'Hawks Rise,' which is an inspirational and character-based motto for students in the Canyon Lake High feeder pattern. ... (Read More)
6/1/2010
Graduation ceremonies a success in Comal ISD Comal Independent School District graduated more than 1,100 seniors this year during graduation week, May 25 – 29.... (Read More)
5/27/2010
Nearly a decade later, Garcia walks the stage at high school graduation Not every one of Comal ISD’s more than 1,100 graduation stories this spring is a traditional tale.... (Read More)
5/27/2010
Quilt project continues to thrive at MHS Memorial High teacher Cynthia Moore (pictured) started the Community Quilt Project six years ago to introduce her students to a sewing machine. ... (Read More)
5/26/2010
Four alumni honored as Comal ISD Outstanding Graduates Four CISD alumni were honored with the prestigious 2010 Comal ISD Outstanding Graduate Award during the Comal Education Foundation’s Academic Recognition Banquet May 19. ... (Read More)
5/25/2010
CLHS band student to play in China this summer Canyon Lake High sophomore Jason Wigginton has been moonlighting with his French horn this school year.... (Read More)
5/20/2010
CISD tech showcases draw in crowds When Comal ISD decided to plan not just one but three Technology Showcases this spring, no one knew quite what to expect.... (Read More)
5/18/2010
Many famous people present at RBES living wax museum Abe Lincoln was there along with Princess Diana and Anne Frank. Even Manu Ginobili and Cal Ripken Jr. made appearances. It was all part of Rahe Bulverde Elementary School’s third-grade wax museum on May 18. ... (Read More)
5/17/2010
First Senior Awards Ceremony at CLHS a big success. Students were presented local scholarships totaling more than $100,000 and outside scholarships for more than $2 million at the event held in the CLHS auditorium on May 13. ... (Read More)
5/13/2010
CISD to hold federal program services planning meeting for private, private nonprofit schools May 18 Private and private nonprofit schools within the Comal Independent School District boundaries may be eligible to participate in federal program services. ... (Read More)
5/13/2010
CHMS student Garcia becomes district’s first to qualify for national history fair Micaela Garcia, an eighth-grader in Rodney Carter’s Pre-AP U.S. History class at Church Hill Middle School, is Comal ISD’s first-ever qualifier for the annual National History Day competition held in Washington D.C. ... (Read More)
5/13/2010
CHMS students receive authentic Civil War lesson Students learned about the daily life of soldiers in the infantry, cavalry and artillery units of the Army during the Civil War, including what they would carry and eat, and even how they brushed their teeth. ... (Read More)
5/13/2010
SVHS juniors pick up Ivy League awards The Ivy League has taken notice of a couple of impressive Smithson Valley High students.... (Read More)
5/12/2010
SVHS TSA chapter cleans up at state competition The Smithson Valley High Technology Students Association (TSA) chapter could have used another bus on its ride home from the recent state competition just to haul its awards.... (Read More)
5/12/2010
Young authors have plenty to celebrate at CES The next Harper Lee or John Steinbeck may very well have their passion for writing instilled at a very early age thanks to one of the first grants ever handed out by the Comal Education Foundation. ... (Read More)
5/11/2010
CISD students, employees team up for a cure Team Comal, a team of more than 100 Comal ISD administrators, teachers, support personnel, students, family and friends, participated in the 13th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 1 in San Antonio.... (Read More)
5/10/2010
Comal ISD STAR Athletes compete in largest track meet of school year Cole Vaello repaid his mom for her unconditional love by giving her an early Mother’s Day present.... (Read More)
5/9/2010
Swint wins CISD district 7 race Comal ISD incumbent Bill Swint representing Single Member District (SMD) 7 will serve a three-year term on the school board after winning the May 8 school board election.... (Read More)
5/7/2010
Every kid's dream at CHMS Students raised more than $11,500 in PTA fundraising drive; earn right to throw pies at coaches and assistant principals at pep rally.... (Read More)
5/6/2010
Comal ISD approves new SVHS principal The Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of John Montelongo III as the new principal at Smithson Valley High School at the board’s May 6 board workshop.... (Read More)
5/4/2010
SVHS student defies the odds on her way to graduation walk Rosalina Gomez’s educational path should have come to an end when she was 12 years old.... (Read More)
4/29/2010
Comal ISD names teachers, support personnel of the year At the district’s annual employee recognition banquet held on April 28 at Smithson Valley Middle, four Comal ISD employees were surprised through the district’s teacher and support personnel of the year programs. ... (Read More)
4/27/2010
Comal ISD to hold three technology showcases in May The Comal ISD technology showcases will be held from 6-8 p.m. on May 4 at Smithson Valley High School, May 11 at Canyon High School, and May 12 at Canyon Lake High School.... (Read More)
4/27/2010
Comal ISD students buckle down for TAKS week At Comal Elementary, students were given extra motivation before school by mascot Buster the Bobcat, who encouraged them to be a “TAKS Buster.” ... (Read More)
4/26/2010
CHS Air Force JROTC unit, instructor earn honors CHS Air Force JROTC earns seventh straight Distinguished Unit Award; Instructor Edward A. Garcia wins chapter Teacher of the Year Award... (Read More)
4/26/2010
Comal ISD names new TPES principal At its April board meeting, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Lauri Schroeder as Timberwood Park Elementary School’s new principal starting next school year.... (Read More)
4/22/2010
HLES has reason to celebrate Public School Volunteer Week Volunteers helped HLES start a science club and build a garden this school year.... (Read More)
4/22/2010
Comal ISD celebrates 40th anniversary of Earth Day Comal Elementary and HEB team up for environmentally-themed project... (Read More)
4/21/2010
Comal ISD trustee election early voting starts April 26, election day May 8 Early voting for the annual Comal ISD Board of Trustees’ election starts April 26 and will run through May 4. Election Day is May 8.... (Read More)
4/21/2010
Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Every campus needs a Linda Snider. Snider, a senior associate at Canyon High, has worked at the CHS since 1984 and is considered the school’s unofficial historian and front-office chef. ... (Read More)
4/19/2010
CISD elementary acceleration application Elementary acceleration applications due May 6... (Read More)
4/19/2010
CISD middle school acceleration application CISD middle school acceleration applications due May 6... (Read More)
4/16/2010
CEF in need of sponsors, teams for annual golf tournament The Comal Education Foundation Golf Classic has found a new home this spring, and generous sponsorships and donations are still needed more than ever. The event will be held May 7 at Olympia Hills Golf Course in Universal City.... (Read More)
4/16/2010
CHS student AJ Rice named BPA state president AJ Rice is only the third CHS student in history to receive the honor of being named president of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) state chapter.... (Read More)
4/16/2010
Two CLHS athletes sign to play at collegiate level Canyon Lake High athletes Michelle Roberts and Ashley Pfaff signed national letters of intent on April 14 to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.... (Read More)
4/12/2010
Huge turnout for CES farewell ceremony More than 300 current and former faculty and students filled the school’s library, cafeteria and gym to say farewell to the CES campus that opened in 1958.... (Read More)
4/9/2010
Principal receives star treatment during “Careers on Wheels” day at FES Professionals from the New Braunfels fire and police departments, the Comal County Sheriff’s Department, as well as many other local organizations visited the campus to teach students about their careers. The highlight of the day came when principal Betsy Nash landed on school grounds in a helicopte... (Read More)
4/8/2010
CHS students receive tools for education from Lowe's and Kobalt The Canyon High School automotive technology department has many more tools of the trade to work with thanks to a unique program.... (Read More)
4/6/2010
TEA announces free SAT testing for high school juniors The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced last week that high school juniors who are enrolled in a Texas public school district or charter school have a one-time opportunity to take one free college admissions test this year.... (Read More)
4/5/2010
Star athletes compete at Cougar Relays Several Comal ISD students competed in the Star Athlete Division of the Canyon High Cougar Relays on April 1. ... (Read More)
4/1/2010
CHMS faculty, students “Rev It Up For TAKS” Church Hill Middle School held a pep rally to “Rev It Up For TAKS” with a little help from Gruene Harley Davidson.... (Read More)
3/30/2010
Nearly 4,000 students, 39 teachers will benefit from the Comal Education Foundation’s 12th Prize Patrol Nearly 4,000 students and 39 teachers in the Comal Independent School District will benefit from $24,000 in grant money awarded by the Comal Education Foundation’s 12th Prize Patrol. ... (Read More)
3/30/2010
Comal Elementary to receive fond farewell Comal Elementary, which opened in 1958, will officially close its doors in May. The school will hold a community-wide farewell ceremony on April 10.... (Read More)
3/19/2010
Comal ISD board approves administrative changes The Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved several administrative positions at the regular March board meeting.... (Read More)
3/18/2010
CLHS Army JROTC leadership team advances to nationals in Washington D.C. The team was one of only 48 worldwide JROTC programs that qualified to compete in the finals in Washington D.C. in June.... (Read More)
3/15/2010
Two CISD school board seats up for election, one contested The annual Comal ISD Board of Trustees’ election is Saturday, May 8 and one of the two seats up for election is contested. March 8 was the last day for patrons to file for the two seats. Single-Member Districts (SMD) 6 and 7 are up for election and both incumbents filed for re-election.... (Read More)
3/15/2010
No Bullying Zone: SVMS students send anti-bullying message with play Smithson Valley Middle students write and perform Beatin’ Up Bullyin’ play ... (Read More)
3/10/2010
Renovated Rahe Bulverde Elementary campus dedicated Everyone had bright smiles on their faces on March 9, as the renovated Rahe Bulverde Elementary was officially dedicated.... (Read More)
3/8/2010
Comal ISD early registration for pre-K, kindergarteners to start March 15 Comal ISD will be registering four- and five-year-olds early for 2010-11 prekindergarten and kindergarten classes March 15-18. By state law, a child must be five-years-old on or before Sept. 1 to qualify for kindergarten. By federal law, children must meet requirements to be eligible for prekinderg... (Read More)
3/4/2010
Great Scott! SVHS celebrates teacher’s return from Iraq Smithson Valley High played it’s own version of “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” recently.... (Read More)
3/4/2010
Canyon Lake High School book fair and book swap, Now through March 10 CLHS is holding a book fair from now through March 10 for elementary, middle and high school students and families. The book fair will have items for adults such as cookbooks as well as for infants and toddlers such as stuffed animals and board books. On Saturday, March 6, the CLHS parent resource l... (Read More)
3/2/2010
Comal ISD students get creative to help kickoff Technology Showcases More than 200 students from elementary to the high school level entered a contest to design the art logo for the Comal ISD Technology Showcases.... (Read More)
3/1/2010
Comal ISD hauls in awards at annual communications conference Comal ISD received one Best of State honor, seven Gold Star Awards and six Silver Star Awards at the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) annual state conference in Austin.... (Read More)
2/26/2010
Students enjoy Comal County Junior Livestock Show Comal ISD students aplenty attend popular local livestock show.... (Read More)
2/24/2010
Comal ISD schedules mandatory parent meetings for dual language program for kindergarteners Comal ISD will hold three mandatory meetings for parents interested in enrolling their child in the district's Dual Language Program. The first meeting will be held at Freiheit Elementary on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. The other two meetings will take place at Bill Brown Elementary on Tuesday, M... (Read More)
2/24/2010
Comal ISD middle school students enjoy Tommy Franks Museum Road Show Sixth-grade students at all Comal ISD middle schools were treated to a unique historical and cultural experience recently. ... (Read More)
2/19/2010
‘Family Week’ a hit at Startzville Elementary Many fun activities held during STZES “Take Your Family to School Week.”... (Read More)
2/12/2010
‘Who Let the DOGS out?’ at Morningside Elementary A Morningside Elementary parent group called Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) act as role models at the school.... (Read More)
2/12/2010
Reading Buddies at Arlon Seay Elementary Fourth graders in Kim Lyssy’s class at Arlon Seay Elementary spent the day recently reading to kindergarten students. ... (Read More)
2/10/2010
Project LEAD helping potential administrators in Comal ISD Project LEAD is designed to give current Comal ISD teachers and district curriculum specialists who have their eyes on a future job as an assistant principal a better chance of being hired.... (Read More)
2/8/2010
TPES principal to take head MVMS position in 2010-11 Timberwood Park Elementary principal Dr. Sean Maika will take the head position at Mt. Valley Middle School at the start of the 2010-11 school year. ... (Read More)
2/8/2010
CISD seeks outstanding graduate award nominations Comal ISD is seeking CISD graduates from 2000 or earlier for the thirteenth annual Comal ISD Outstanding Graduate Award. Nominations are being accepted through March 12.... (Read More)
2/4/2010
Comal ISD Middle School History Fair Results Many students shine at Comal ISD History Fair held at Church Hill Middle Jan. 30.... (Read More)
2/4/2010
Comal ISD students ready for San Antonio Stock Show experience In the world of showing livestock, students put in hours and hours of demanding work for a few of the most important seconds of their lives.... (Read More)
2/2/2010
Van Gogh traveling exhibit displayed at CHMS Students in Theresa Davis’ art classes at Church Hill Middle study the massive Vincent Van Gogh traveling art exhibit that was on display in the school’s main hallway from Jan. 25-29. ... (Read More)
2/1/2010
UIL realignment shakes up districts for Comal ISD High Schools All three Comal ISD high schools ready for new district competition starting this fall... (Read More)
1/28/2010
Evenings of mystery, wonder and illusion for Canyon Lake High School Canyon Lake High senior Ray Brown will make a dramatic appearance in an empty six-foot tall chamber that fills with smoke, and will even attempt to escape from a straightjacket – a stunt that made Houdini famous, during his magic shows at CLHS on Feb. 19-20.... (Read More)
1/27/2010
Comal ISD honors board members during School Board Recognition month Comal ISD is joining districts across the state to thank board members for voluntarily tackling the enormous job of governing local school districts. Comal ISD board members were honored at the Board of Trustees meeting January 28 for their tireless efforts on behalf of Comal ISD students, staff and... (Read More)
1/27/2010
Two Comal ISD school board seats up for election The annual Comal ISD board of trustees’ election will be held Saturday, May 8. Candidates interested in filing for one of the two seats up for election can start doing so Monday, Feb. 8. The deadline to file is Monday, March 8.... (Read More)
1/27/2010
Canyon High AFJROTC raises funds in “Operation Haiti” relief drive CHS AFJROTC cadets come through for Haiti... (Read More)
1/27/2010
Students, faculty at OCES aim to “Help Change Haiti” Team effort helps raise funds for Haiti... (Read More)
1/27/2010
TEA announces TAKS test to be replaced with STAAR in 2011-12 Commissioner of Education Robert Scott announced that the next generation of student tests will be called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR.... (Read More)
1/21/2010
Comal ISD announces administrative changes for 2010-11 school year With the new year comes several new administrative positions and changes in Comal ISD, which will take place starting with the 2010-11 school year. ... (Read More)
1/21/2010
CISD parents invited to attend informational meetings on new Spanish immersion program Starting with the 2010-11 school year, Comal ISD will offer a new Spanish Immersion Language Program at both Rahe Bulverde Elementary School and Hoffmann Lane Elementary School for all current Comal ISD kindergarten students who will be entering the first grade.... (Read More)
1/21/2010
CISD superintendent to make recommendation for head coaching job at CHS At the regular January school board meeting to be held Thursday, Jan. 28, Comal ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Walker will recommend Southwest ISD’s athletic director and head football coach of Southwest High School Matt Elliott for the head football/athletic coordinator position at Canyon High School ... (Read More)
1/21/2010
Two-day free-food 'Taste of the Town' extravaganza a hit Comal ISD students, parents, employees and community members were able offer input on the menu items to be served in school cafeterias during the next school year during 'Taste of the Towns' at MVMS and OCES.... (Read More)
1/14/2010
Comal County hosting free H1N1 flu clinic Attached is a flyer for a free H1N1 flu clinic on January 27 hosted by Comal County. Please see attachment for details. ... (Read More)
1/14/2010
Students excel at Comal ISD Middle School Science Fair After competing at the campus level science fairs, the top 30 projects from each middle school participated in the Comal ISD Science Fair.... (Read More)
1/14/2010
Videoconferencing continues to be a hit in Comal ISD Comal ISD students have recently enjoyed talking to representatives of the NFL Hall of Fame and NASA, as well as fourth-graders from Michigan via videoconference.... (Read More)
1/7/2010
CHMS band ready for Alamodome; CHS band returns from Cotton Bowl Two Comal ISD bands perform on national stages... (Read More)
1/7/2010
I-Spy a great project at CLHS Students in Elizabeth Romney’s class at Canyon Lake High will soon take a field trip and donate toy beanbag game to kids in a San Antonio children’s hospital.... (Read More)
1/7/2010
High school Credit By Exam spring testing dates For current Comal ISD students, Credit by Exam for Acceleration and Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction is offered twice per school year. The dates for testing for March 2010 are listed in the attachment. The application is also included in the attachment. Students must register and pay for their ... (Read More)
1/7/2010
Many fun, educational activities planned this spring by Comal ISD Community Ed Dept. GED classes, college classes, and golf, music and karate classes are just a few of the many things on the slate this spring in the world of Comal ISD Community Education... (Read More)
1/4/2010
Rahe Bulverde Elementary opens doors to renovated campus Students and faculty at Rahe Bulverde Elementary received a late present when they arrived at school after the holiday break. The former Bulverde Elementary building was renovated thanks to funding from Bond 2005 and is now a two-story K-5th grade campus complete with new technology, larger classroo... (Read More)
12/19/2009
Comal ISD board approves academic calendars, curriculum changes As part of House Bill 3 (HB 3) that was effective for school districts starting Sept. 1, 2009, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved to follow the new bill starting with the freshman class of 2011-12. HB 3 no longer requires students to take Health or Technology Applications. Required PE credits ... (Read More)
12/18/2009
CHS Aristocats exchange gifts with GFES pen pals Members of the award-winning CHS Aristocats dance team have been writing letters back and forth this school year with third and fourth grade girls from GFES, encouraging writing, reading, and getting a good education. ... (Read More)
12/17/2009
Many in Comal ISD community benefit from new SVHS class Students help out in many different ways in unique FACS class... (Read More)
12/17/2009
D.A.R.E. graduations held across Comal ISD The D.A.R.E. program continues to have a strong impact on Comal ISD fifth-grade students. ... (Read More)
12/16/2009
CES students perform “How the Penguins Saved Christmas” Students at Comal Elementary delighted family, friends and faculty on Dec. 15 during their Holiday show, “How the Penguins Saved Christmas.” ... (Read More)
12/15/2009
SBMS students, faculty show generosity with Angel Tree Hundreds of gifts gathered for needy families... (Read More)
12/10/2009
GFES students spend day with Tony Parker Adventure includes surprise road trip to Parker's house.... (Read More)
12/7/2009
Mountain Valley Middle students make priceless presents Students in Randy Simpson’s Technology Education class at MVMS have been busy designing and creating unique holiday gifts. ... (Read More)
12/7/2009
CHS Band to play at Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2 in new Dallas Cowboys stadium The Canyon High School band is scheduled to perform at halftime of the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2, 2010. ... (Read More)
12/1/2009
ESL teachers, students thrilled about iPod Project The Comal ISD Middle School English Language Learner iPod Project is making a big difference district-wide.... (Read More)
12/1/2009
Many holiday activities planned around Comal ISD Here is a list of the numerous holiday programs taking place in Comal ISD in December. ... (Read More)
11/24/2009
Comal ISD administration presents new rank structure to board in November curriculum report At the Nov. 19 board meeting, the Comal ISD Board of Trustees discussed the administration’s final recommendation on graduation plans, course alignment, class rank structure, board policy and course guide updates. Approval of the final recommendations for newly identified Pre-AP courses, new class r... (Read More)
11/23/2009
Comal ISD students excel in statewide geography contest SVMS student wins first place, CHS student earns second place, in Geography Awareness Week poster contest.... (Read More)
11/20/2009
Students with special needs love Comal ISD’s STAR Sports Program Bowling Competition More than 75 Comal ISD students earned gold, silver and bronze medals in a competition at Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels.... (Read More)
11/19/2009
New Comal ISD pools are a splash Comal ISD swim team members enjoy new campus pools ... (Read More)
11/17/2009
RBES students show great generosity for troops in Afghanistan A simple suggestion by Dawn Mulder before Veterans Day would result in many gifts being sent straight from the heart to dozens of soldiers in her son’s Army unit in Afghanistan.... (Read More)
11/12/2009
Startzville fifth graders help peers 'sail' America through class project Startzville fifth graders held a Sail America Expo for third and fourth graders in which students created travel agencies and prepared trips to different regions of the thirteen colonies. ... (Read More)
11/11/2009
CLHS student wins prize for film production Canyon Lake High senior Ray Brown’s talent has not only increased his bank account, it has also earned his school a financial bonus.... (Read More)
11/11/2009
Comal ISD students, current and former military members celebrate Veterans Day Ceremonies held across Comal ISD honoring our heroes ... (Read More)
11/10/2009
Comal ISD receives 66 gold performance awards Comal ISD received a record 66 Gold Performance Acknowledgement (GPA) awards from the Texas Education Agency for outstanding academic performance in 2009. Comal ISD received two of the 66 GPAs, and a total of 21 campuses received the acknowledgements.... (Read More)
11/10/2009
Comal ISD sells $55.85 million in bonds, receives upgrade in Fitch credit rating At the October board meeting, the board approved the sale of the remaining $55.85 million bonds from the 2008 bond issue. This year, Fitch upgraded Comal ISD’s credit rating from A+ to AA-.... (Read More)
11/10/2009
Comal ISD awarded $608,000 Department of Defense grant Comal ISD was recently awarded a $608,000 federal grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership for the Promoting Student Achievement at Schools Impacted by Military Force Structure Changes grant program.... (Read More)
11/10/2009
Arlon Seay Elementary kindergarten teacher Rachel Kaspar wins KENS5 Golden Apple ExCEL Award Kaspar receives "Golden Apple" and $1000 check from San Antonio Credit Union... (Read More)
11/9/2009
They did the 'monster match:' Comal ISD elementary students use videoconferencing for collaborative project Classes in elementary schools across the district participated in the “Monster Match” in which each class created a monster and wrote a description of how to create that monster for their partner class. The classes used the written descriptions to recreate the other class’ monster. Both classes met ... (Read More)
11/9/2009
Comal ISD to hold Veterans Day Activities at many different campuses If you're a current or former member of the military, please attend a Comal ISD Veterans Day ceremony.... (Read More)
11/4/2009
Speaker impacts SBMS students during Red Ribbon Week Students at Spring Branch Middle received a lesson during Red Ribbon Week that will benefit them for years to come.... (Read More)
11/3/2009
Comal ISD curriculum report presented at October board meeting At the Comal ISD Board of Trustees regular October meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Jodi Duron provided the board with a report on district graduation plans in regard to House BIll 3, course alignment and course offerings for secondary schools, new and revised clas... (Read More)
11/2/2009
Canyon Lake High Hawks Rockin' the playoff scene CLHS volleyball team in action Tuesday against Devine in San Antonio; Hawks football team also qualifies for postseason.... (Read More)
10/28/2009
Wurst Food Drive between CHS and NBHS for a great cause Food drive will last for a week, beginning Thursday, Oct. 29. Donations will be accepted at many different schools and businesses in the area.... (Read More)
10/28/2009
Morningside, Comal elementary schools receive ExxonMobil educational grant Morningside and Comal elementary schools each received a $750 educational grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance that will benefit their math and science programs. ... (Read More)
10/26/2009
CISD receives 'superior' financial rating for seventh consecutive year Every year, Texas school districts are reviewed on their financial health through the School FIRST program. Comal ISD received a "superior achievement" rating for the seventh consecutive year. A hearing on the rating will be held at the Oct. 29 school board meeting.... (Read More)
10/20/2009
Operation Intervention shows dangers of drunk driving to CHMS students Operation Intervention, run by the New Braunfels Police Department, paid a recent visit to CHMS.... (Read More)
10/16/2009
Red Ribbon Week activities in Comal ISD Comal ISD campuses are planning Red Ribbon Week activities either Oct. 19-23 or Oct. 26-30.... (Read More)
10/16/2009
CISD PTAs to sponsor seasonal flu clinics Several CISD school PTAs are sponsoring flu clinics for the seasonal flu shot. Please review the attachment for instructions on how to sign up, as well as for a list of times, dates and locations for the clinics. ... (Read More)
10/15/2009
Canyon Lake High Students get involved through new Interact Club Students will take part in volunteer efforts like gathering coats for needy adults and children, planting flowers and trees around their campus as well as below the Canyon Lake Dam, helping with clean-up efforts around town, and helping the community’s elderly population.... (Read More)
10/15/2009
First Comal ISD district-wide College and Career Fair a hit More than 800 students from all four Comal ISD high schools as well as from other area high schools invaded Canyon High on Oct. 8 to visit with their choice of more than 80 representatives from universities, colleges, technical schools and military branches.... (Read More)
10/14/2009
Austin Shakespeare Players bring unique learning experience to Comal ISD Thanks to a $7,500 Comal Education Foundation grant, the “Austin Shakespeare Players” paid a visit to Canyon Lake High on Oct. 13, the first of its stops at all four Comal ISD high schools.... (Read More)
10/9/2009
Texas Army National Guard members visit Comal ISD middle schools Students at Canyon and Church Hill middle schools got a real life history lesson recently as local members of the Texas Army National Guard visited their campus.... (Read More)
10/8/2009
Seventy-one Comal ISD students earn AP Scholar Awards Thirty-eight students from Smithson Valley High, 28 students from Canyon High and five students from Canyon Lake High are AP Scholars. ... (Read More)
10/8/2009
Comal ISD students earn national academic honors Several Comal ISD seniors earned National Merit and Hispanic Scholar recognition recently.... (Read More)
10/7/2009
Two Comal ISD campuses to be dedicated on Oct.18 Comal ISD will dedicate its two newest campuses, Johnson Ranch and Oak Creek elementary schools, on Sunday, Oct. 18.... (Read More)
10/7/2009
SVHS teacher, students loving new Mac lab When Terry Rossio spoke at the Austin Film Festival last year, Smithson Valley High teacher Chris Nisley listened.... (Read More)
10/1/2009
Teen Leadership Conference provides valuable leadership skills to students Motivational speaker Albert Gonzales spreads a message of social and cultural unity to mixture of students from five high schools at conference... (Read More)
9/24/2009
Comal ISD board-approved tax rate remains the same for 2009-10 The Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved to keep the district’s property tax rate the same as last year’s when it adopted a $1.31 per $100 valuation tax rate at the Sept. 23 regular board meeting. ... (Read More)
9/23/2009
Canyon High students videoconference with students from Ghana, Africa CHS is one of only four high schools nationwide to share this unique learning experience... (Read More)
9/23/2009
Comal ISD College and Career Fair Canyon High School is hosting a districtwide College and Career Fair on Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 80 colleges, universities and local businesses will be present. All students and parents are encouraged to attend. ... (Read More)
9/21/2009
Summit includes something for every parent Parents attend sessions on wide variety of topics at Comal ISD Parent Summit... (Read More)
9/17/2009
Your friendly neighborhood bus driver 'Miss Jean' is a friend to students and neighbors alike... (Read More)
9/10/2009
CISD Community Education Fall Brochure The Community Education brochure provides patrons with a list of a variety of courses offered through the Comal ISD Community Education Department as well as lists dates, times and costs for each course. ... (Read More)
9/9/2009
Smithson Valley High FCCLA students excel at nationals Students bring home a gold and silver medal from summer competition ... (Read More)
9/8/2009
CISD announces high school fall acceleration testing dates High school Credit by Exam for Acceleration and Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction will be given on Oct. 3, 10 and 17. A non-refundable payment of $30 per semester exam is required to be paid no later than Wednesday, Sept. 16.... (Read More)
9/4/2009
Twins aplenty at Freiheit Elementary FES has 10 sets of twins on campus this school year... (Read More)
9/3/2009
CISD superintendent letter addressing President Obama's Sept. 8 speech to students Comal ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Walker states in a letter to the Comal ISD community that the President's address on Tuesday, Sept. 8 will not be shown live in Comal ISD classrooms at that time. The letter is in English and Spanish.... (Read More)
8/31/2009
CISD announces elementary, middle school fall acceleration testing dates Elementary and middle school Credit by Exam Acceleration tests will be given for Comal ISD students during the week of Oct. 5-9. The deadline for parents to request elementary and middle school acceleration testing for the fall testing window is FRIDAY, SEPT. 11. ... (Read More)
8/28/2009
Summer graduation ceremony held in Comal ISD Fourteen Comal ISD students received their diplomas during Comal ISD's summer graduation ceremony... (Read More)
8/24/2009
First-ever day of school at two new Comal ISD campuses Johnson Ranch Elementary in Bulverde and Oak Creek Elementary in New Braunfels open doors to eager students.... (Read More)
8/19/2009
Comal ISD following CDC H1N1 virus guidelines for 2009-10 school year Comal ISD is working closely with the CDC and state and local health departments to plan for prevention of and a response to an H1N1 virus outbreak.... (Read More)
8/19/2009
New school zone law effective Sept. 1 HB 55, which will go into effect Sept. 1, makes it illegal for drivers to use a wireless communication device in a school zone unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used. ... (Read More)
8/17/2009
Comal ISD board approves proposed tax rate The Comal ISD Board of Trustees voted to keep the district's proposed property tax rate at $1.31, of which 27 cents is the debt service tax rate and $1.04 is the maintenance and operations tax rate. The tax rate will be formally adopted at the Sept. 23 board meeting.... (Read More)
8/12/2009
Morningside Elementary teacher named Region 13 'teacher of the year' Morningside Elementary School fifth grade teacher Madonna Binney is making history for Comal ISD as she is the district’s first-ever Teacher of the Year candidate to represent the district at the state level.... (Read More)
8/12/2009
Comal ISD offers free and reduced meals Comal Independent School District recently announced its 2009-10 policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.... (Read More)
8/2/2009
Seventeen CISD schools receive top TEA ratings Seventeen CISD campuses were named TEA exemplary or recognized schools. ... (Read More)
7/29/2009
Back to school in Comal ISD School is almost back in session and before the ring of the first bell, Comal ISD has a few reminders for its parents and students.... (Read More)
7/27/2009
CIS to serve 17 Comal ISD schools in 2009-10 CIS and Comal ISD have reached an agreement for the 2009-10 school year in which 11 CIS employees will serve 17 CISD schools.... (Read More)
7/27/2009
Federal stimulus to fund Comal ISD salary increases The already board-approved salary increases will be funded as the US Department of Education recently approved for Texas School districts to receive $2 billion in federal stabilization funds. ... (Read More)
7/1/2009
Several New Immunization Requirements in 2009-10 Attached are the state-mandated immunization requirements for students attending Comal ISD in the fall. Students must have all immunizations up to date before school begins. ... (Read More)
6/26/2009
Comal ISD State Softball Champs Honored at School Board Meeting Both the history-making Canyon and Smithson Valley high school softball state championship teams were presented a plaque, which included team photos and congratulatory remarks from the school board at the June 24 meeting at the Comal ISD Support Services Building.... (Read More)
6/26/2009
Timeline for Pre-AP and Class Rank On June 24, 2009, the Board of Trustees approved the Administration’s recommendation to rescind the decision of April 23, 2009 regarding revisions to the class rank point structure, effective for the 2009-2010 school year. This will allow for further study and review on this topic before a subseque... (Read More)
6/23/2009
Quartet makes history at Canyon Lake High When Amanda Hollek, Sinjin Horton, Jamie Parker and Tiffany Skruhak entered Canyon Lake High when it opened in the fall of 2007, the quartet didn’t intend to make school history. That’s exactly what they did on May 27, however, as the small group became the first-ever graduates at CLHS, managing to... (Read More)
6/6/2009
Comal ISD: Home of the State Softball Champions: Canyon (4A) and Smithson Valley (5A) Congratulations to the Cougarettes and Rangers on their amazing seasons. We are proud of you!... (Read More)
5/27/2009
Flu Precautions Over Summer The Comal County Health Department is reminding people to be mindful of flu symptom even over the summer.... (Read More)
5/22/2009
Graduation Week in Comal ISD begins May 26 Comal ISD will hand out nearly 1,100 diplomas during "graduation week" ... (Read More)
5/12/2009
Math TAKS Scores Exceed State Scores Fifth- and eighth-grade TAKS scores exceed state results.... (Read More)
5/11/2009
CISD Summer Program for Children 5 to 11 Comal ISD's After School Program continues through the summer as an all-day program! Sign up now.... (Read More)
5/9/2009
School Board Election Results Carol Keller re-elected; newcomer David Drastata beats incumbent Dan Krueger; Carolyn Miller unopposed... (Read More)
5/8/2009
Timeline Recap of Swine Flu Closure A detailed timeline and reasons for the decisions reached during the swine flu scare are contained in this document.... (Read More)
5/7/2009
Deadline for acceleration testing for elementary students extended Deadline for acceleration testing for elementary students extended to May 15.... (Read More)
5/6/2009
Comal ISD FAQ Regarding Swine Flu UPDATED 5-6-09 at Noon Comal ISD FAQ Regarding Swine Flu and the reopening of schools and offices on May 7. UPDATED 5-6-09 at Noon... (Read More)
5/5/2009
Comal ISD schools to reopen Thursday, May 7 Based on the latest guidance today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Education Agency, the Comal ISD has decided to reopen all schools and offices earlier than scheduled. Everything will reopen on Thursday, May 7th at the regular time.... (Read More)
5/4/2009
Comal County Health Dept Ltr UPDATE, May 4 The Comal County Health Dept updated its recommendations regarding swine flu since its April 29 letter.... (Read More)
4/29/2009
Comal County Health Dept. Update 4/29 Comal County Health Department's swine flu update 4/29.... (Read More)
4/21/2009
School Board Election, May 9 Early voting in districts 2 and 5 runs April 27 through May 5. Election Day is May 9.... (Read More)
4/6/2009
Math and Science Academies for high school students at St Philip's Download the document icon and learn all about the free summer academies at St. Philip's.... (Read More)
4/2/2009
CISD students excel on TAKS reading exam Comal ISD students exceeded the state passing rate at all levels in 3rd, 5th and 8th grade reading. ... (Read More)
3/18/2009
Rebecca Creek Elem Receives Title 1 Performance Award RCES receives a Distinguished Performance Award from NCLB and TEA.... (Read More)
3/9/2009
School Board Election Update Three seats are up in this year's election. Two are contested. Early voting is April 27-May 5. Election Day is May 9.... (Read More)
3/9/2009
SVMS and SES Principals for 2009-10 Announced Michael Keranen will lead SVMS and Jackie Sundt will lead Specht Elementary. Read the news release for all the details.... (Read More)
2/18/2009
Two Principal Appointments Announced New principals for Oak Creek Elementary and Goodwin Frazier Elementary, beginning in August, announced this week.... (Read More)
2/11/2009
Four Schools Receive Just For the Kids Award Canyon Middle, Smithson Valley Middle, Specht and Rebecca Creek elementary schools receive a 2008 Just for the Kids Higher Performing Schools in Texas Award.... (Read More)
1/26/2009
New Boundaries for New Schools in August Oak Creek and Johnson Ranch elementary schools open this August. With new schools come new boundaries. ... (Read More)
1/23/2009
Bonds 2005 and 2008 Update Construction is the theme in the Comal ISD. Projects have been completed, some are underway, and more are to come. Learn more about where we are with Bonds 2005 and 2008.... (Read More)
1/23/2009
Two Elementary School Principals Appointed Johnson Ranch ES opening in Bulverde this August will be lead by Linda Harlan; the elementary in Avery Park in New Braunfels will be lead by Betsy Nash when it opens in August 2010.... (Read More)
1/6/2009
Spring Community Education Catalog Available Click on the document icon here to learn about the classes and programs offered through Comal ISD's Community Education department this spring.... (Read More)
12/19/2008
Three Students Earn State Honors in Geography Poster Contest At the high school level, a Canyon High student won first in the statewide geography poster contest; a Smithson Valley Middle student won first at that level; and, a Church Hill Middle student won second in the state at the middle school level.... (Read More)
11/24/2008
MacBooks in the Classroom Bond 2008 is allowing CISD to upgrade its technology in the classroom. Read how the COWs (Computers on Wheels) are making a difference.... (Read More)
11/19/2008
Johns Named KENS5 ExCEL Award Winner Stephanie Johns, a German teacher at Smithson Valley High School, is the district's KENS5 ExCEL Teacher of the Year.... (Read More)
10/23/2008
Schools earn 47 Gold Performance Acknowledgements The number of GPAs is up from 44 last year.... (Read More)
10/21/2008
Uniform GPA Proposal Info The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is considering changes to the way GPAs are calculated. Read the attached 5-page document (updated on Oct. 22) to learn more.... (Read More)
10/20/2008
Contractor Approved for Rahe Bulverde Elementary Project RBES is getting a new campus on the Bulverde side of the complex. FT Woods was approved as the general contractor for the project that should be complete in early 2010.... (Read More)
10/16/2008
Fiscal Rating is Superior A public hearing to learn more about the district's state financial rating of superior will be held Oct. 28 at 6 pm in the board room of the Support Services building.... (Read More)
10/14/2008
100% of Comal Schools Meet Federal AYP Standards For the second year in a row all Comal ISD schools, and the district, meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards set by the federal government under the No Child Left Behind Act.... (Read More)
10/8/2008
National Merit Semifinalist, Commended Students and More Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools have several seniors receiving top honors from the College Board. There are 4 news releases to this attachment.... (Read More)
10/7/2008
Canyon High Teacher Wins Car Jamey Lagleder, a math teacher at CHS, has been named the school's Teacher of the Year. Chacon Suzuki of New Braunfels is awarding her a brand new SX 4 Suzuki!... (Read More)
10/3/2008
Alvarado Named to All-American Army Band Abel Alvarado, a SVHS trumpet player, has been selected to the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.... (Read More)
9/29/2008
Three Schools to be Dedicated This Fall Morningside ES, Timberwood Park ES, and Mt. Valley MS will be dedicated in October or November.... (Read More)
9/19/2008
Same Tax Rate as Last Year Adopted by Board Comal ISD's tax rate remains at $1.31. See attached for more details.... (Read More)
9/16/2008
Community Education Fall Class Catalog All kinds of great classes are being offered this fall. Check out the attached catalog.... (Read More)
8/29/2008
New Budget Approved Based On Current Tax Rate The 2008-09 budget, supported by the current tax rate of $1.31, was approved by the school board on Aug. 27 and includes pay raises for employees.... (Read More)
8/1/2008
Recognized District; 4 Exemplary and 9 Recognized Schools Comal ISD is once again a Recognized district. All 10 elementary schools achieved one of the two top ratings; three middle schools are Recognized.... (Read More)
7/29/2008
Back-to-School Highlights School starts Monday, Aug. 25. Here's a rundown of things you should know.... (Read More)
7/29/2008
Teachers Receiving Mac Laptops Laptops and training provided to all CISD teachers as part of Bond 2008.... (Read More)
7/24/2008
Three New Schools Opening in August Morningside and Timberwood Park elementary schools, and Mt. Valley Middle, will open the first day of school, Aug. 25... (Read More)
6/25/2008
Credit Rating Upgraded; $150 Million in Bonds to be Sold The school board approved the first sale of bonds after the May 2008 election and the district's credit rating has been upgraded by Moody's.... (Read More)
6/5/2008
Bus Drivers Needed Download document to learn more about becoming a Comal ISD bus driver!... (Read More)
5/28/2008
Revised School Start and Stop Times in 2008-09 Middle and high school start and stop times are changing Aug. 25. Elementary schools will not change.... (Read More)
5/21/2008
Five Outstanding Alumni Honored Five Canyon High alumni receive the Outstanding Graduate award.... (Read More)
5/20/2008
Preliminary TAKS Scores for Comal ISD Percentage passing increases; commended levels are high too... (Read More)
5/16/2008
Barragán and Monzingo Named Teachers of the Year Celia Barragán and Sharon Monzingo will represent Comal ISD at the regional level.... (Read More)
5/10/2008
Voters Approve $205.85 Million Bond Issue See attached document for all the details. Seventy percent of the voters approve bond issue.... (Read More)
4/23/2008
Comal Education Foundation Awards $81,000 in Grants Twenty teacher grants were awarded this month by the Comal Education Foundation.... (Read More)
3/26/2008
3rd, 5th, and 8th Grade TAKS Reading Results Are In CISD students performed above state average; all levels improved and commended performance rates increased... (Read More)
3/4/2008
Rahe Bulverde Elementary Construction to Start This Fall RBES will be combined under one roof on the Bulverde side of the campus. Construction starts this Fall and all students will attend school on the Rahe side.... (Read More)
2/20/2008
Bond 2008 for $205.85 million called for May 10 Three new elementary schools; expansions of CHS and SVHS; expansions of four middle schools; capital improvements; technology upgrades; land purchses... (Read More)
12/21/2007
High Schools Moving to 7-period Days in 2008-09 Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools are moving from the block schedule to 7-period days (with a zero hour) in 2008-09.... (Read More)
12/18/2007
2008-10 Attendance Zone Info Presentation The 2008-10 school boundaries have been established. View the PowerPoint presentation used during the informational boundary meetings in early December 2007.... (Read More)
11/30/2007
Rebecca Creek Elem makes Best Public Schools List RCES named one of the best schools in Texas.... (Read More)
10/30/2007
Enrollment projections and future bond issue The district continues to grow by about 1,000 new students a year; bond issue being discussed for 2008... (Read More)
10/26/2007
2008-10 Attendance Zone Update Letter New schools are opening in 2008 and 2009 and boundaries will be changing. See attached for details and go to About Us>Maps to view the maps.... (Read More)
10/26/2007
Strategic Planning Update This PowerPoint was presented at the Oct. 24 school board meeting. The plan is still a work in progress.... (Read More)
10/18/2007
Fiscal Rating is Superior Public hearing to report the district's financial rating of superior under the School FIRST program is Oct. 24.... (Read More)
9/26/2007
Strategic Planning Mtgs Summary Review the ideas presented during the community strategic planning meetings.... (Read More)
9/12/2007
CISD Initiates ParentLink Communication Tool System allows administrators to call all parents within minutes informing them of emergencies and non-emergencies.... (Read More)
9/6/2007
Tax Rate Decreasing; Budget Approved The school property tax rate is dropping 33 cents to $1.31; board approves budget for 2007-08... (Read More)
9/4/2007
Almost $6 million Safe Schools Healthy Students Grant Awarded Comal ISD receives one of only 27 grants in the country.... (Read More)
8/17/2007
All Schools Meet AYP CISD and all schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress for fifth year in a row... (Read More)
8/1/2007
CISD School and District Ratings Released Of 16 schools in 2007, 2 are Exemplary and 9 are Recognized. Congrats staff and students!... (Read More)
5/22/2007
Students continue to improve on the TAKS; outperform peers in state Preliminary TAKS results are in; school ratings determined this summer... (Read More)
5/17/2007
$100,000 raised for Foundation in GVTC Golf Classic The 3rd annual golf classic was a success and teachers and students will benefit through classroom grants to teachers next year.... (Read More)
5/7/2007
Teachers Receive More Than $76,000 in Grants 20 grants are awarded by the Comal Public School Foundation... (Read More)
2/16/2007
Foundation Delivers 20 Qwizdom Systems to Schools Comal Public School Foundation surprises 5th and 8th grade teachers with interactive learning systems... (Read More)
9/19/2006
Bond 2005: Construction Project Update Two elementary schools are underway; groundbreaking for third one later this year... (Read More)
9/12/2006
Fiscal Rating is Superior Fiscal accountability hearing, Sept. 20... (Read More)
12/13/2005
VOTERS APPROVE BOND ISSUE $189 million bond issue passes... (Read More)
 
 
 

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