Wearing pink for the cause at CLHS New program gives Comal ISD
secondary students ability to
take home computers, iPads,
iPods and more
Canyon Lake High students D.J. Seeger and Heather Armstrong are using Dell
Inspiron laptops. Students at all Comal ISD secondary schools now have the ability to
check out the laptops as well as other technology learning tools like iPads and iPods.
The Canyon Lake High dance teams show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing “Rock the Pink” By Jason Gordon,
shirts every Wednesday. The dance program at CLHS is made up of three separate teams: Ballroom Team II, (10 members), Comal ISD Communications Dept.
the First Class Ballroom Team (27) and the Emerald Dancers (13). Each group performs at different functions including foot-
ball halftimes, pep rallies and competitions in the spring, but all three come together to support the cause for the Susan G. Mountain Valley Middle School student Mike Thorpe doesn’t have the
Komen Foundation. Members from each team collected donations at the Hawks’ football game against Wimberley on luxury of computer access at home anytime he wants it.
Oct. 14. The teams are directed by Suzanne Schule. 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
SVHS student embarks on new twirling adventure home with them simply by checking it out at the campus library.
Thanks to the new “Check IT Out” program implemented by the dis-
Michaelah Reynolds really knows her way around a “The Guard has given me a place to connect as a team trict’s technology department, each secondary campus library has Dell
football field during halftime shows of SVHS Ranger and enjoy success through determination and hard work,” Inspiron laptops to check out, as well as iPads, iPod touch devices and Flip
games. Reynolds, a sophomore at SVHS, is experiencing said Reynolds. Video cameras.
the new-found joy of being the feature twirler this year. This positive attitude and work ethic came in handy “It’s very exciting,” Thorpe said. “I’ve already started working on a lot of
She also has been participating in the Ranger Colorguard when Reynolds set her mind on becoming a baton twirler my projects at home. I’ve been working on a history research project on
and Winterguard since her freshman year. for the Ranger Band. explorers and the Pennsylvania Colony and doing a PowerPoint for English
“I watched Laura Barowski grace the field class.”
during halftime last year and would ask myself: Students are also provided Sprint Internet access through the school dis-
‘Can I do that? I want to do that!’” trict for the laptops, filtered by Mobicip.com, which provides Mobile Child
Reynolds set in fast-track motion a plan to Internet Protection.
learn to twirl. After obtaining coaching from All students need to be able to take home any of the “Check IT Out”
Pat Montgomery of Alamo City Strutters, she technology devices is have their parents sign a release form at the campus
immediately entered her first twirling contest, library.
which happened to be the 2011 National Baton “Within the first week we already had a waiting list,” MVMS librarian
Twirling Association’s State Contest in Christine Kidd said. “Our students are excited about taking advantage of
Rockwall. this great opportunity.”
To the thrill and amazement of her coach and “Students have access to the full Microsoft Office suite, a built-in web-
teammates, she won the title of Miss Basic cam where they can record themselves narrating a project,” said Jennifer
Skills 2011! This is the top title for her age/divi- Wivagg, Comal ISD instructional media specialist. “They can also make
sion that combines twirling, modeling and strut- movies or book reports and all the iPods have video and still cameras so if a
ting. Along with this accomplishment, she teacher gives an assignment to find examples of erosion near your house,
received two first-place titles in open solo and students can go out and take video and pictures.”
individual solo and first in the best costume cat- Canyon Lake High School librarian Dr. Nancy Hartman said her students
egory. love “Check IT Out.”
With a start like that, Reynolds couldn’t wait “Oh my goodness, this gives such accessibility to our kids who don’t
to participate in the next contest, held in Austin, have Internet access or a computer at home,” Hartman said. “There are so
where she captured grand champion in Basic many great learning tools they can check out. As soon as one of the Dell
Strut! computers comes back, 30 minutes later it is checked out again.”
“It’s been so rewarding to receive such posi- Wivagg said she wanted to make sure parents know how simple it is for
tive feedback from the judges. I am so grateful their students to have access to the “Check IT Out” equipment.
to have found this sport and I can’t wait to see “Anytime you give students access to technology who normally
what this year holds for me.” wouldn’t have that opportunity, it’s a great thing,” Wivagg said. “We hope
When you see Reynolds smiling at the that many parents help their students take advantage of this program.”
games, you’ll know she’s giving it her all as she For more information on the “Check IT Out” program, please contact
performs with the award-winning Ranger Band! your secondary student’s campus librarian.
JRES Ropers help stock up Bulverde Food Pantry
At CISD Schools
Hoffmann Lane Elementary
10th Annual Holiday Craft Show
Saturday, November 12th
9am-3pm @ HLES,
4600 FM 306 / 5 mi. from I-35
Crafts, Jewelry, Holiday Items,
Home Décor, Purses,
& Much More!!!
Bring family & friends
Rahe Bulverde Elementary
Hosted by the PTA, a
Thursday, November 17th
3:30 – 6:30pm
in the RBES Cafeteria,
1715 E. Ammann Road in Bulverde
From Sept. 26-30, Johnson Ranch Elementary held a “healthy” food drive to benefit the Bulverde Food Pantry. Items collected were Contact Michelle Cantu
whole grain pastas, bran cereals, peanut butter, canned beans, canned fruit, canned tomato sauce and hearty soups. Every morning of the at email@example.com
food drive, parent volunteers collected the donated food items from students at morning drop off. Bus riders had a collection box in the gym to inquire about a vendor table
that was filled as well. In addition to collecting a large amount of food, $230 was also received in monetary donations.
The Bulverde Food Pantry provides food items to those in need in the four surrounding zip codes within this community. The pantry
services between 300-600 families per month.
There was a real sense of Roper pride on campus that week. Students were filled with such joy as they placed their food donations in the Garden Ridge Elementary
collection carts. JRES faculty, staff, students and parents all pulled together to help make a difference in the community. It was such an Holiday Bazaar
amazing experience, JRES plans on making the food drive an annual event! Saturday, December 3rd
To contribute to the Bulverde Food Pantry, please visit it in Downtown Bulverde at 2295-1 Bulverde Road, (830) 438-7899. from 10am- 2pm
Open Tues.-Thurs. 9am-3pm & Sat. 9am-12pm. Silent Auction, Marketplace, Kid’s Activities
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SVHS golfers hit the links in pink
Congratulations to the Smithson Valley High varsity girls golf team. The Lady Rangers finished
in second place at the NEISD Swing for the Cure Tournament at Breckenridge Golf Course on
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Pictured left to right, clad in their special pink golf shirts, are Megan Woods,
Sydney Reed, Johany Rivera, Morgan Best and Amanda Turney. The following week, the girls placed
third during the Montgomery Tournament at April Sound Country Club on Oct. 7 & 8.
CHS students find meaningful way to
Students in Lane Jonas’ floral design class at Canyon High wanted to do something special for
Bastrop students so they designed dozens of mums that were delivered before Bastrop’s homecoming
football game. Pictured are CHS students (front row, l-r) Samantha Hill, Mariah Vega, Marissa Vader
and Alyssa Griffin. Back row: Colby Talley, Sara Hirtle, Anthony Marini, Jessica Luensmann, Brooks
Meyer and Lane Dietert.
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Walk-a-thon, community helper day at HLES
It was a big day at Hoffmann Lane Elementary. The PTA sponsored the first annual Leopard Ramble Walk-a-thon fundraiser, and kindergarten classes celebrated Community Helper Day. H-E-Buddy
and HEB front end manager, Kris Bolstad, were on hand to kick it all off. They joined HLES mascot, Lane the Leopard, and school administrators cheering on students as they walked during their specials
time. Meanwhile, kindergarten students dressed up as different community helpers, like firemen, doctors and nurses. It was an extra-special day that was enjoyed by all!
Semi-Annual CHS Vet Clinic After School Care Program
Tuesday, November 8th ∙ 5-7 pm A Safe Place for Your Child
To be held at Tractor Supply, 840 Loop 337, New Braunfels Offering Fun & Enriching Activities
Rabies shots (Cats/Dogs) $5 ∙ DHLPPC (Dogs) $15 Locations: All CISD Elementary Campuses
Bordatella (Kennel Cough) $10 ∙ PRCC/FeLuk Combo (Cats) $15 Hours: Directly after school till 6:30 / Monday – Friday
- Heartworm/Flea Meds Available - Cost: $35 a week per child $30 registration fee ($45 max per family)
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Hundreds attend Comal ISD’s third annual Five senses
College and Career Fair at SVHS at work at
area students and GFES
their parents Goodwin Frazier
poured into Elementary kindergarten
Smithson Valley students have been busy
High on Sept. 28 exploring the natural
for Comal ISD’s world using their five
third annual senses. They have
College and observed nature by look-
Career Fair. ing closely and compar-
More than 75 ing leaves, seeds and dif-
colleges and uni- ferent parts of a tree.
versities including They are becoming scien-
the University of tists by gathering and col-
Texas-Austin, lecting objects and using
Texas A&M them to sort and classify.
University- Pictured are GFES stu-
dents (l-r) Kaila Adams,
Isabella Sanchez, and
University, University of Texas-San Antonio, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, Trinity
University, University of the Incarnate Word, University of North Texas, the University of Iowa and
many more were represented at the event.
In addition, students and parents were able to visit with recruiters from the Army, Navy, Marines, Drawing nets
Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as vocational programs including the Aveda
Institute, Paul Mitchell Beauty School, the Universal Technical Institute, and The Culinary Institute senior free
“I think it was a great success,” said Dean Hofer, SVHS college and career advisor. “It was a class ring
great opportunity for students and parents to ask representatives questions about their universities or
vocational programs without having to travel all around the country to do so. It’s also a lot more per- Congratulations to
sonal than getting on a computer and trying to do research that way.” Smithson Valley High senior
Karen Williams, who has a high school and middle school student attending Comal ISD campus- Darius Monroe, who won a
es, said the College and Career Fair is an invaluable tool. drawing for a free class ring
“I was very impressed with the wide range of universities, colleges and career choices for the donated by Matt and Colinda
kids,” Williams said. “It gave them a great chance to see many opportunities they might not have had Grochett of The Overall
a chance to otherwise. The representatives really took the time to make sure all of your questions Graduation Office. Monroe is
were answered.” pictured here with SVHS
Pictured are Smithson Valley High senior Christian Flores and his mother Catherine Bruce speak- principal John Montelongo.
ing with Kim Hedden of The Culinary Institute of America.
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From the Superintendent DISTRICT NEWS BRIEFS
Technology in the class- week, this is a time to focus
Family Summit set for Nov. 5
room has become as com- on college and career oppor- “Empowering Children with Healthy Lifestyles,” Comal ISD’s bi-annual Family Summit, will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at
mon and as imperative as the tunities. Our secondary cam- Canyon High School.
textbook. In many cases, the puses will be conducting cur- There are enough activities, workshops, benefits to fill several days for people of all ages. The biggest challenge will
textbook is in the technology. riculum fairs and disseminat- be for members of your family to select which sessions/activities to participate in. Admission is free and the communi-
In Comal ISD, our stu- ing the course guides for ty is invited.
dents and teachers are fortu- 2012-13. Course selection In a partnership with Resolute Health, this year’s summit will offer free lunch and free child-care. Child-care activi-
nate to have countless oppor- begins on Nov. 28 and ends ties (for children aged 3-10) include activities in the Sow Healthy garden, lunch with parents, potting activity and chil-
tunities to use technology to on Dec. 16. dren’s yoga.
enhance learning. From the Dr. Marc Walker On a more low-tech, but Some of the valuable sessions include: quick, easy nutritional meals; the importance of socialization; 10 tips for a
lending of digital library books to stu- equally as powerful subject, each of successful parent/teacher conference; college application assistance; parent assistance with district technology
dents in middle school and high our campuses will be celebrating (TxGradebook, StudyWiz); and developing character, integrity and morality in children. Middle and high school stu-
school, to computers on wheels, to Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11. dents are encouraged to attend all sessions.
portable computers for 2nd grade stu- Veterans, parents and community For more information, please contact your child’s campus or Jamie Ezell, at 830-221-2169.
dents developing their typing and writ- members are invited to participate as See Family Summit Session Chart on page 19
ing skills, to distance learning and we honor those who have served our
video conferencing, our students and country and fought for the freedoms Comal ISD campuses celebrate Veterans Day
teachers are “powered up” during the we enjoy. The district website, Campuses throughout Comal ISD will celebrate
school day. www.comalisd.org, will include an Veterans Day, which falls this year on 11.11.11.
Because we believe technology is a updated list of Veterans Day activities Veterans, parents and community members are invit-
critical factor in preparing our students and timelines. ed to attend all ceremonies, which vary from campus
for careers and college readiness, we Finally, all schools and the Support to campus. Music, singing, presentation of colors,
dedicated nearly $8 million of the Services building will be closed for Walls of Honor and guest speakers are just some of
2008 bond package for this lifeline to the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 23-25. the approaches the campuses will take in honoring
the future. As we count our blessings during this our nation’s Veterans.
And as we open the opportunities holiday, I am thankful for the students, Please check with your child’s campus regarding
for our students’ futures, we will cele- staff and community of Comal ISD. the specifics of the celebration. The Comal ISD dis-
brate Generation Texas Week on Nov. trict website will keep an updated calendar on this
14-18. Formerly Education, Go Get It! link: https://sps.comalisd.org/news/default.aspx.
Pictured above, Startzville Elementary students
held American flags high during last year’s Veterans
MVMS students think CAT center Day ceremony.
is purr-fect! College exam deadlines approaching
College entrance exams, the SAT and ACT, are scheduled for November and December in Comal ISD. Students are
required to register for the exams and may find more information through their high school’s college and career coun-
The next SAT will be administered on Nov. 5 at Smithson Valley High School. Another SAT opportunity will be
Dec. 3 and the registration deadline is Nov. 8. Full practice tests are available on this website,
The next ACT is Dec. 10 and will be at Canyon High School. Registration deadline is Nov. 4.
CHS to host “Making it Count” for college financing
Canyon High School has scheduled Making It Count’s “Ultimate Money Skills: College Funding” program for par-
ents of students who are in their freshman through senior year of high school. Making It Count, an educational service
provider for parents and students and a business unit of Monster Worldwide Inc., is teaming up with Bank of America
to provide the free, one-hour presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Canyon High School Performing
“Ultimate Money Skills: College Funding” is designed to help parents gain an understanding of how the college
financing process works, including options available to develop a college funding strategy, how to plan for and manage
all college costs and different types of financial aid available. Parents will learn how to send their child to college with-
out risking their financial future.
Students (l-r) Ashley Shea, Hailey Benavides and Zach Sawyer work on projects “A student’s entry into higher education after high school is a key transitional period for both students and parents
at the C.A.T. Center (Communication, Academics, Acceleration and Technology) at alike,” said JR Cifani, vice president and general manager of Making It Count. “Our goal with Ultimate Money Skills:
Mountain Valley Middle. The C.A.T. Center focuses on independent study, targeted College Funding is to assist the parents by providing sound financial options and solutions for the major investment
tutorials and group collaboration. Teachers schedule students in the “cat” center dur- that a college education demands.”
ing the day for academic acceleration and supplemental support. While this trio uses Last year, on average, parents rated the value of the ideas presented in the program a 9.4 and the effectiveness of the
iPads, others use a laptop computer, for example, to work on the school’s blog to program a 9.6 on a 10-point scale.
post what students in the CAT Center are up to on any given day. More information about the presentation can be found online at www.MakingItCount.com.
Comal ISD Communications Coordinator
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DISTRICT NEWS BRIEFS
For students, fresh and local food=Simply Good “These computers are durable and by bringing them into the classroom, we’re not taking up a lab
For students in Comal ISD, October is all about carrots and whole grains. As part of a yearlong theme or a COW,” Shelton said.
by the district’s child nutrition provider, Chartwells, students are learning the importance of eating fresh Finally, distance learning and video conferencing equipment enables students and teachers to con-
food from local sources. Called, “Simply Good,” the promotion offers prizes for creative artwork. nect with fellow students and teachers all over the world.
At the elementary level, students are involved in the “Create a Carrot” contest. “Draw it, build it, “Our students can visit other students anywhere in the world,” Shelton said. “Students can collab-
mold it…any way you choose.” Winning students will receive prizes. orate between campuses in our district, ‘go’ to NASA, or tap into the lessons by teachers in other
At the middle schools and high schools, students are asked to create flat art that can be used on a districts.”
counter display with the theme: Eat a healthy whole grain breakfast. Winners will receive iPods, A link on the district’s website, www.comalisd.org, called “iConnect with Technology” details all
iTunes gift cards, or portable DVD players. of the online opportunities and services for students, parents and staff through the district technology.
“We are teaching students about eating fresh and local,” said Dianna Tidwell, director of child Included are: txConnect, the parent portal to their child’s grades and attendance; Studywiz, an
nutrition for Comal ISD. “We decided to make it fun with these art contests.” online learning management system that allows for ease of access to classroom content and commu-
There’s no better way to promote healthy eating than with a resident chef. Chef Mario Perez nication between teachers, students, and parents; and most recently added: Atomic Learning. Atomic
joined Comal ISD in early October. Chef Perez will be designing menus for school meals, assisting Learning is a new online training resource available to all students, parents, teachers and staff that
with the Chefs in Schools program and will be working with students in the Smithson Valley High provides training tutorials on more than 110 of the most commonly used software applications and
School culinary arts program. other technology resources.
Chef Perez served as Executive Chef with the San Antonio Food Bank, Executive Sous Chef with Through a comprehensive array of technology, teachers and students in Comal ISD have the tools
Brigg’s Ranch Golf Resort and was the Director of the Meals on Wheels program of Christian Senior at their fingertips to advance learning and student performance.
Services in San Antonio.
At the San Antonio Food Bank, Perez helped launch a cooking/food service school for the home- SVHS participates in Navy Week
less. Adult students learned every aspect of the kitchen for possible future employment, including Rear Admiral Eleanor Valentin of the U.S. Navy visited Smithson Valley High School on Oct. 26
maintaining proper times and temperatures, rotating food, how to keep cold food cold and frozen to kick off the campus’ celebration of Navy Week in San Antonio. Valentin, the U.S. Navy’s Director
food frozen, and how to plan menus. of the Medical Service Corps, spoke to students in the performing arts center about medical careers
Perez also worked with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice helping place individuals who and what it is like to be a Navy Admiral. Students, parents and staff were in attendance.
had gone through the system’s culinary program into employment with the San Antonio Food The Navy Band performed outside the rotunda during lunch, and a Navy flight simulator was
Bank. Offenders within two to five years release prepared meals for the Food Bank under Perez’ available for students to view during the week.
“We are delighted to have someone of Chef Perez’ caliber join our team,” Tidwell said. “This is
the best scenario I can imagine for our students as we help guide them in making decisions about
food that will serve them for the rest of their lives.”
School Board Meeting Calendar
District meets requirements of IDEA 11/17/2011 Thurs. Support Services Board meeting
Comal ISD has received notification by the Texas Education Agency that it meets the require- 12/15/2011 Thurs. Support Services Board meeting
ments of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Determination elements include: compliance 1/26/2012 Thurs. Support Services Board meeting
with the state performance plan; valid, reliable and timely data; status of uncorrected noncompliance; All meetings begin at 6:00 PM.
financial audits; and program effectiveness. During the audience participation portion of each regular meeting, the public may address the Board
To achieve a “meets requirements” designation, the district must earn a “0” on each of the deter- on any subject not posted on the agenda, provided they have followed the proper procedures.
mination elements, which Comal ISD accomplished for the 2010-11 school year.
Students benefit from technology initiatives
In a concerted effort to keep students “powered up” as they enter the classroom every day, Comal
ISD has dedicated a substantial chunk, about $8 million, of the 2008 bond package to technology.
“Caring for pets is what we do; it’s as simple as that. In fact, I can’t think
“With the technology funds from the 2008 bond package, we intentionally found great teaching
of anything I’d rather do. I think it comes through in the care we give.”
tools,” said Sandra Shelton, Comal ISD chief technology officer. “Our goal was to get the technolo-
Kirk S. Kothmann, DVM
gy in the hands of the teachers and students to increase learning.”
For example, every teacher in the district was issued a Macintosh laptop. Computers on Wheels Offering A Wide Range Of Services
(COWs) have been issued to every campus, three at each of the 16 elementary schools, four at each For Your Pet:
of the five middle schools and five at each of the three comprehensive high schools. • Vaccinations • Dentistry • Spay/Neuter
• Geriatrics • Nutrition • General Surgery
“We are increasing those numbers too,” Shelton said, “because we want to make sure every stu- • Pharmacy • Boarding • Grooming
dent in the district has the ability to access a computer when he/she needs it.” • In-House Lab & X-Rays • Flea Control
One of the more successful initiatives is the lending of digital library books to students at the sec-
ondary level, she said. Students may “load” a chosen book onto the device, check it out for a period
of time and read it at home. For the Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early Colleges High School, nearly
the entire library is digital, she said.
The 2nd grade writing project involves portable computers for students to learn how to type and to
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smiles at CHMS
Students from Church Hill
Middle School donated school sup-
plies out of the kindness of their
hearts to fellow Comal ISD stu-
dents at Goodwin Frazier
Elementary recently. Pictured are
CHMS students (l-r) Amber
Pawelek, Bailey Brooke, Olivia
Buntin and Hannah Egbert, with
GFES principal Cheryl Lucas.
HLES, HEB encourage reading to young children
Age: 16 | School: SVHS
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Niles
What is your favorite music?: Country and Rock First-graders from Hoffmann Lane Elementary took a recent field trip to H-E-B and then listened
What is your favorite book?: The Bible Goals:
Most admired person and why: Go to college and get a good education. intently as Congressman Lamar Smith shared story-time with them. He was there to promote HEB’s
My parents for making me into the nice, respectful What do you want to be when you grow up?: A “Read 3” literacy program. Read 3 encourages parents to read to their young children at least three
young man that I am today. Doctor times a week. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Here, they smile proudly standing next
Hobbies: Playing a pick-up game of basketball with List three adjectives that describe you: Smart, to Congressman Smith and HLES principal Krista Moffatt.
some friends. Athletic, Respectful
Accomplishments: What are you most grateful for?
NJHS, A & B honor roll student Having a loving family and reliable friends.
Volunteer experience: Best part of braces?:
Church under the Bridge, senior night out, and MOPS. Getting straight teeth
Ferris Orthodontics picks their Patient of the Month(s) based on patients who have exhibited excellent cooper-
ation, enthusiasm, respect and a great attitude throughout treatment. In addition, these are children who exem-
plify good community involvement and leadership qualities.
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Nine Comal ISD students earn National Academic Recognition
Of more than 1.5 million high school juniors that took the Pre- Canyon High senior Atarah Fields has been recognized by the Keeton will attend the University of Texas-Austin and major in
SAT test in 2010, only 16,000 were named National Merit National Achievement Scholarship Program, which has provided business and finance. His parents are Dewey and Sheryl Keeton.
Semifinalists. recognition for outstanding African-American high school students Fields plans on attending the University of Washington. She is
Smithson Valley High School’s Taylor Lathrop earned that dis- since 1964. Students enter the program by taking the PSAT as jun- undecided on a major. Her parents are Darryl and LaJuana Fields.
tinguished honor. iors and identifying themselves as Black Americans. From more Drastata will attend Texas A&M-College Station and is unde-
Of the 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, 15,000 students will be than 160,000 students nationwide, Atarah scored in the top 3 per- cided on a major. Her parents are David and Jodie Drastata.
named National Merit Finalists in February. Half of those students cent. Woodard plans on attending Texas A&M-College Station or
will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners earning the Merit “I couldn’t be more proud of these students,” superintendent Texas A&M-Corpus Christi where she will major in criminal jus-
Scholar title. Dr. Marc Walker said. “They have set a great example for others to tice. Her parents are Robert and Lynnette Woodard.
“I was very excited when I heard the news,” Lathrop said. follow.” Maulding is considering Texas A&M-College Station where
“Now I’m nervous. It’s definitely a goal to become a Finalist.” Lathrop will choose between Baylor University and the she wants to major in biology. Her parents are Roy and Corette
In addition, five Comal ISD students earned National Merit University of Texas-Austin and is undecided on a major. His par- Maulding.
Commended status: Kristin Maulding of Canyon Lake High ents are Leigh and Cathy Lathrop.
School, Emily Drastata and Brooke Woodard of Canyon High Gonzalez will decide between Rice
School, and Michaela Gonzalez and Michael Keeton of Smithson University, Reed College and American
Valley High School. University where she will major in lin-
About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation were guistics or anthropology. Her parents
recognized. Although they will not continue in the 2012 competi- are Carlos and Lisa Gonzalez.
tion for National Merit Scholarships, the commended students Day will pick from Rice University,
placed among the top 5 percent nationwide. Texas A&M-College Station, and the
Kelly Day, Miranda Dominguez-Morgan and Gonzalez, all University of Texas-Austin where she
Smithson Valley High students, have been named National will major in bio-medical engineering
Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. This program identifies and mathematics. Her parents are
nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino students in the U.S. each Marshall and Liz Day.
year based on grade point average and PSAT scores. Dominguez-Morgan plans on attend-
Established in 1983, the National Hispanic Recognition ing Texas Tech University where she
Program is a College Board program that provides national recog- will major in architecture, civil engi-
nition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic high neering or mathematics. Her parents are
school seniors and identifies them for postsecondary institutions. Mitchell and Jennifer Morgan.
Bottom photo: Smithson Valley High had a total of five students earn national academic recognition (l-r) Kelly Day
(National Hispanic Recognition Program), Tayler Lathrop (National Merit Semifinalist), Michaela Gonzalez (National
Merit Commended and National Hispanic Recognition Program), Miranda Dominguez-Morgan (National Hispanic
Recognition Program) and Michael Keeton (National Merit Commended).
Pictured, top right: Canyon High School had three students earn national academic recognition (l-r) Emily Drastata
(National Merit Commended), Brooke Woodard (National Merit Commended) and Atarah Fields (National Achievement
Pictured, top left: Canyon Lake High School’s Kristin Maulding earned National Merit Commended status, placing
among the top 5 percent nationwide out of students who took the PSAT as juniors.
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Music marks dedication ceremony
of Kinder Ranch
By Julie Jerome
Comal ISD Communications Dept.
Sure, there was ample recognition, symbolism and ceremony at the dedication
of Kinder Ranch Elementary School on Oct. 4.
But the true “walkaway” for the nearly 200 parents, students, staff and commu-
nity members who attended the celebration was the performance by the school’s
4th and 5th grade “Mallets,” who played several instrumental songs with xylo-
phones and percussion. The students, under the direction of Kim Finkbeiner,
earned the applause and standing ovation for the night.
“It is appropriate that we dedicate this school on Neighborhood Night Out,”
said David Spencer, school board trustee. “This school is a community school. It
has elements—a pedestrian walkway to the school, involved parents and a wel-
coming staff—of what a community school is all about.”
Kinder Ranch Elementary opened in August and was constructed as part of the 2008 bond pack-
age. The final new school in that package, Indian Springs Elementary, is currently under construc-
tion. Both schools are located in one of the fastest growing areas of the district, South Bexar County.
Kinder Ranch’s opening greatly relieved crowding at Timberwood Park Elementary and Specht
“Where are all of these students going to high school?” Spencer asked. “We will be talking to the
community about the need to continue building new schools. The elementary schools are the easy
ones. The next round, which is middle school and high school, aren’t so easy.”
Secondary campuses require more time to construct, from 18 months to two years, more land on
which to build, and more funds to build them with.
“This day wouldn’t be possible without the support of the taxpayers of Comal ISD in the 2008
bond package,” said Frank Baker, president of the school board. “If we did not open this school,
Timberwood Park would be sitting at well over 900 students today.”
With 600-700 new students “joining the Comal ISD family every year,” Baker said, the opening
of new schools is a way of life.
“We will need to make room at the middle school and high school levels now,” he said, adding
that the district owns 108 acres of land in the vicinity for a possible middle school and the district’s
fourth comprehensive high school.
The design of Kinder Ranch is based on the state-recognized design of Garden Ridge Elementary Walker emphasized the need for new schools to address enrollment growth, saying that in three
School, said Dr. Marc Walker, superintendent of Comal ISD, with a few improvements. SHW Group years, the district’s demographer projects more than 1,000 students will move into the district
designed the school, which has many “green school” features such as a living roof, skylights that every year.
provide natural lighting in the library, rainwater harvesting with on-site storage, and an energy con- “As they come, I imagine we will have to build schools,” he said.
servation system that automatically adjusts lighting in the classroom. Julie Whitaker, president of the Comal Education Foundation presented Dr. Judy Murray, princi-
pal of the school, with a grant for $2,500.
In photos: 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 school, which opened in August, is located in the Kinder Ranch subdivision in
northern Bexar County, at the corner of Borgfeld and Bulverde roads. Pictured, top, are students
(front row, l-r) Logan Finley, Nicolas Finley, Douglas Aabbad, Andrew Barge and JR Barge,
along with (back row) Thomas Bloxham, assistant superintendent for support services, Stephen
Smith, school board trustee, Dr. Jodi Duron, assistant superintendent for academics and student
services, Dale Dehlin, school board trustee, Dr. Judy Murray, principal, Frank Baker, school
board president, Dr. Marc Walker, superintendent, Bill Swint, school board secretary, Sandra
Shelton, chief technology officer, Debra George, chief financial officer, and David Spencer, school
Above: (l-r) Coach Melina Rios, Daniel Domian, Trevor Miller, Emily Aabbad, Amber Salas,
Karissa Sanchez, and Adrianna Salas help provide one of the highlights of the KRES dedication
with a cheer and musical accompaniment. The KRES music teacher is Kim Finkbeiner.
At left: Cub Scouts from Pack #58 also took part in the ceremony by presenting the colors.
Zachary McGee, Jarrett Owens, and Drew Wheeler tend to the American flag, while Mikey
Rodriquez and Chris Brooks present the Texas flag during the KRES dedication. The cub scouts
are also in charge of raising and lowering the flags daily at Kinder Ranch.
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2011 CHS Homecoming Court CHS cheerleaders recruiting for the future
Canyon High cheerleaders paid a visit recently to Hoffmann Lane Elementary to promote their
Cheer Clinic. Pictured are CHS Cheerleaders (l-r) Baylee Gammon, Kyndal Fendley, Kaelyn Marini,
Lindy Menger, Blaize Hebert, Megan Kalebick and Jenna Legate. HLES students are Jordan Hendry,
Alarie Richter, Georgia Bean, Emmalee Karakula and Faith Rupe.
The following students were members of the 2011 Canyon High School Homecoming Court:
Aaron Hill was named King and Kathy Martinez was named Queen at halftime of the Homecoming
game Sept. 30 against Lehman. (Left to right) Back Row: Cristian Davila (senior), Jordan Goetsch
(junior), Ben Richie (senior), Dakota Billings (senior), Aaron Hill (senior), and A.J. Rice (senior).
Center row: Riata Robledo (senior), Chloe Gannon (senior), Mary-Cate Machalec (senior), Alison
dictionaries at HLES
Toles (senior), Kathy Martinez (senior), and Michelle Prichard (junior). Bottom Row: Lane Murray Third-graders at Hoffmann Lane
(sophomore), Gigi Franz (freshman), Erica Von Gruenigen (sophomore), and Alex Rogers (freshman). Elementary, including Riley Muennink, pic-
tured here, got a special treat on Oct. 22. But
this wasn’t a treat for your sweet tooth, but
SchooLife is Available Online rather for your brain. The Canyon Lake
Republican Women once again visited the
school and came loaded down with boxes of
www.comalisd.org/ dictionaries, one for each 3rd-grader. The kids
were each so proud to get their very own dic-
N ew s /Publica tio ns tionary! Many thanks to the CL Republican
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Comal ISD School Age Child Care Program
bowls a strike
Comal ISD School Age
Child Care (SACC) Summer
Program students invaded
Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels
for some bowling fun right
before school started.
It was part of a summer
program that saw more than
400 students take trips to
places like Splashtown and
Fiesta Texas in San Antonio,
as well as twice-a-week trips
to the pool at Smithson Valley
“It’s been a great time for
everyone involved in the
summer program,” said
SACC Coordinator Catherine
Robert. “We’re looking for-
ward to seeing many of these
same students as well as new
ones in our fall After School
For information on how to enroll your student
in the After School SACC Program, please contact
Cindy Gore (New Braunfels schools) at 830-221-
2104, or Elissa Pluta (Hill Country schools) at
Pictured at Fiesta Lanes are Johnson Ranch
Elementary student Dane Pfeiffer, left, having an
All-American lunch, a hot dog smothered with
mustard and ketchup, and, above, Johnson Ranch
Elementary student Davion Hosen (left) and
Timberwood Park Elementary student Nathaniel
Pfahning high-fiving after Hosen impressed his
classmates by bowling a strike.
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2011 Canyon Lake JV Football Team
Photo provided by Sam Roberts Photography
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Character Counts at BBES
The Morris Brothers, the coolest nerds you’ll ever know, entertained Bill Brown Elementary stu-
dents with a silly but substantive Character Education performance. The school used the event to
kick off its monthly recognition of students through the Trailblazer All-Star program. The program
was sponsored by the BBES PTA.
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Local Youth Troupe to travel to NYC
By Leslie Liddell
A group compromised of mostly Comal ISD students
this effort together and “making it all work.” Taylor is not
only the phenomenal playwright, she also has a major role
CAST MEMBERS INCLuDE
will be traveling to New York City this month to perform in the cast. Taylor has a deep passion for and commitment Liliana Carter
in the play, “The Changing Forest.” to writing and has performed at Texas Non-Profit Theaters - attends Smithson Valley Middle
Written by Bulverde home-schooler Taylor Wells, the for the past two years. Aaron Collins
students will take to the stage Nov. 26th and 27th at the The group held a pasta dinner, silent auction and bake - attends Reagan High School
13th Street Repertory Theater. sale fundraiser at the Bulverde Community Center in Trevon Giraud
The play was performed in June 2011 at the Texas October to raise money for this trip, which is a huge - attends Smithson Valley Middle School
NonProfit Theater conference in Bryan, Texas and so undertaking. They will be having a Garage Sale at 16916 Alison Gordon
impressed a New York playwright that she invited the Brookwood in San Antonio on Nov. 19th, starting at 8 am - attends Smithson Valley High School
cast’s theater director to bring the play to the Big City. to raise additional funds, and would love to have help Hunter Johnson
Talk about excitement! from the community in the form of donations and partici- - attends Rahe-Bulverde Elementary School
Wells, who has battled scoliosis, has written a play pation. If you would like to contribute and help get these Michaela Morgan
about overcoming darkness and believing in a brighter kids to New York, please contact Naomi Phillips at (210) - attends Smithson Valley High
day. There are dark themes throughout the play: a dark for- 834-1386. Thank you for your support! Miranda Morgan
est, being lost, evil fairies, being at the brink of death, and - attends SVHS, Michaela’s twin
abandonment. Audrey Pauletti
Still, in the end, good overcomes evil and light out- - attends Rahe Bulverde Elementary
shines the darkness. Good friends, doing the right thing,
perseverance, and a good fairy,
save them all.
Taylor’s older sister Rachel,
who is cast as an evil fairy in the
play, has been a great inspiration to
Taylor and a huge help in putting
The cast hasn’t even left for the big city
yet, but they are already in love with New
York City. Pictured here are, at right,
Miranda Morgan and Liliana Carter, and
far right, front row: Audrey Pauletti and
Hunter Johnson; middle row, left to right:
Trevon Giraud, Taylor Wells, Naomi
Phillips (director), Rachel Wells; back
row, left to right: Alison Gordon and Aaron
Collins. They will be headed north later
this month to perform in the play, “The
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CHS graduate now a Dallas Cowboys How chiropractic can help your athlete
“This has been one AMAZING year,” said
Raye Zahn, owner of The Element New Braunfels
Dance Center. As she starts the new dance season,
she reflects on this past year. “There is a lot to be
By Dr. Kip Mayo
Back in October, Raye and husband Matt Zahn Family First Chiropractic
welcomed their first child, Maddix. In February, If you have ever watched or played football you know that on the field there seems to be only one
her competition group, Velocity Co., started off speed …. ALL OUT! Football players undergo tremendous stress to the body and nervous system.
their contest year winning “State Champion” and Former NFL star running back and all-time career rushing leader Emmitt Smith said that playing in
“Best of the Best” in their category. The group one football game is like being in 30 to 40 car accidents. Smith received regular chiropractic care dur-
was personally asked to tryout for the hit televi- ing his athletic career and still does. Thirteen-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Jerry Rice said, “I did a lot
sion show, “America’s Got Talent,” by one of the of things to stay in the game, but regular visits to my chiropractor were among the most important.”
show’s casting producers who saw their show- Playing high school football in the 1980’s was what prompted my first visit to a chiropractor. As a
stopping Hip Hop number. former high school coach and now an assistant coach with my son’s football team, the view from the
“Though we were not chosen to go on, just sidelines leaves no doubt about the games violent nature. I once heard a sports columnist describe
being asked and going through the process was basketball as a contact sport and football as a collision sport.
amazing,” Raye said. Chiropractic is not a luxury for a few star players in the NFL anymore. Every NFL organization has
“Then now to see my sister, Meghan, living a team chiropractor available for their players and most college teams seek the help of chiropractors.
her dream and doing what she does best is an unexplainable feeling. I am so proud of her. I always So what does chiropractic do for the athlete? Chiropractic does have benefits in post-injury situa-
knew she was going to go far. The thing is she’s not even done. tions. At its best, however, chiropractic is a performance enhancement and a preventative measure
“Looking back, I guess we should have known that Meghan Michelle was a born performer. taken by athletes. What kind of advantage would a football player under chiropractic care have on
When she was just two-years-old, she broke free of our mom’s arms and ran up (thankfully unsuc-
the field? When an athlete has no interference to the nervous system, he or she has better agility, bet-
cessfully) to dance with me during my dance recital.”
ter balance, better kinesthetic perception, better power, and better reaction time.
Now Meghan is wearing that familiar blue and white costume with the signature white boots of
The last time I checked, these factors were important in football! Some players seek chiropractic
America’s sweethearts, The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!
Meghan Michelle (what she goes by for security reasons) had always dreamed of someday being a care to prevent injuries. If your nervous system is functioning at 100%, or, at least more toward nor-
Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and often joked with her friends in high school that one day she would do mal, there is a better chance to avoid injury or recover from an injury more quickly.
just that! But first she began her dance career at three years of age taking studio dance in Dallas and, after Mike Gentry, associate athletic director for athletic performance at Virginia Tech stated: “I see
moving to New Braunfels, continued dancing at New Braunfels Dance Studio and then at The Element. chiropractic as having two functions: It helps our athletes return to competition faster if they have
While at The Element New Braunfels Dance Center, Meghan took many hours of dance classes, sustained injuries, and secondly, it seems to be preventative, in the sense that it keeps our athletes
including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. Later on, choreographing and teach- more mobile and flexible and feeling better.”
ing. While at The Element she was a member of the award-winning Velocity Company. Meghan also Green Bay Packer quarterback and 2011 Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers has received chiro-
danced as a Canyon Middle School Top Cat for two years and as a Canyon High School Aristocat for practic care his entire football career – from his dad! Dr. Ed Rodgers became a chiropractor after his
four years, graduating in 2009. Meghan went on to Kilgore College and was selected to become a own football playing days were over.
member of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes, where she performed for two years and Is chiropractic new to football and does it really help players’ performance? It’s actually been
was a member of the elite performance group, The Swingsters. around for a long time. In 1990 an estimated 90 million viewers watched the CBS pre-game show as
Meghan thought about transferring to LSU in hopes of becoming a Tiger Girl dancer and then try out Irv Cross interviewed Dr. Nick Athens, a chiropractor, while 49er quarterback Joe Montana received his
to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader at a later time. While at Kilgore, Meghan performed at Cowboys pre-game adjustment. Dr. Athens adjusted 35 of the San Francisco players either the night before or the
Stadium as a Rangerette for the 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic, ironically against LSU and Texas A&M. morning of the big game. By the way, the 49ers beat the Denver Broncos in that game 55-10! In 1998
“Here I was performing, thinking this is going to be my future home crowd, and little did I know the Broncos head coach, Mike Shanahan, integrated chiropractic as part of the Broncos year-round fit-
this was going to be my future home stadium,” Meghan explains. That same year the Rangerettes ness regimen. And yes, two Super Bowl victories later, the Broncos still have a team chiropractor.
were asked to perfume yet again at Cowboys Stadium for a Cowboys halftime show. As fate would For additional information about how chiropractic can help your athlete, feel welcome to call me
have it, while dancing, Meghan’s father, Darrell, who was sitting next to several Dallas Cowboys personally at 830-625-5111 or visit my website at www.mayochiro.com.
Cheerleader parents, caught wind that there were going to be several veterans retiring their boots and Family First Chiropractic & Wellness is located at 2660 E. Common St, suite 201 in New
this was going to be the year to try out. Braunfels. Services include: health & wellness chiropractic, sports physicals, infants/children/adoles-
Meghan decided to head to Dallas and give it her best shot. cents, pregnant women, and injury prevention. Dr. Mayo and his staff “are dedicated to helping as
“Very few girls make it their first time trying out, so really I was there to watch and learn,”
many people in their community as they can, especially children.”
Meghan showed up the first day of try-outs, along with over 500 other candidates. After each
round, her number kept being called. After the open call auditions, semifinals and later finals, Library to display work of young artists
Meghan found herself chosen as a Training Camp Candidate. The Art Time program is celebrating children’s artistic creativity during an exhibit at the
“Wow,” she thought, “I’m a Training Camp Candidate. If this is as far as I go, then I still couldn’t Bulverde/Spring Branch Library.
be more ecstatic.” An opening reception for the young artists will be held at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library on
Meghan moved to Dallas and spent the summer as a DCCTCC, A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 from
Training Camp Candidate, a 90-day process. Her dream came true along with 16 other rookies and 1-3pm. The artwork will be on a display through Feb. 7th next year.
17 veterans when the director announced after an especially hard practice that the girls sitting there in
front of her were the 2011-2012 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!
Students who have taken Art Time classes in the past at schools through CISD Community
Meghan is living her dream. To think it all began at the age of two when she decided she wanted
to dance on that stage. Education, Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, Hobby Lobby or any other location are welcome to
She can be seen on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders “Making the Team” season 6 series on submit their art work. Submission deadline is Dec. 17th. For more information about submission,
CMT, County Music Television, which began on Oct. 20th. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Volunteer help will be appreciated.
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Family Summer Session Chart - Nov 5, 2011
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1st ∙ Hoffmann Lane Elem., Fall Picture Retakes 7th – 11th 11th∙ Veterans Day-There will be events throughout 17th∙ Bill Brown Elementary, Mallet Master/Drum
∙ Canyon Middle, NJHS Meeting, ∙ Freiheit Elem., Book Fair Week the district visit www.comalisd.org to view events. Concert, Cafeteria, 6 pm
Choir Room, 7:55 am ∙ Garden Ridge Elem., Book Fair Week ∙ Rahe Bulverde Elem., Rahe Rahe Rally, 7:45 am ∙ Comal ISD Board of Trustees Meeting, Support
∙ Hoffmann Lane Elem., PTA Board Meeting, 8:30 am ∙ Arlon Seay Elem., Book Fair Week ∙ Rebecca Creek Elem., Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Services Bldg., 6 pm
∙ Comal ISD Gifted and Talented Program Referral ∙ Startzville Elem., Book Fair Week Music Program, 8:30 am
and Screening Informational Meeting, at Support ∙ Rebecca Creek Elem., 3rd – 5th Grade Music 18th∙ Comal ISD Secondary Progress Reports
Services Bldg, 6:30 pm 8th ∙ Election Day Program, 9:30 am will be mailed
∙ Celebration Freedom Week ∙ Bill Brown Elem., Trailblazer Luncheon ∙ Bill Brown Elem., Career Day, 8 am
2nd ∙ Clear Spring Elem., Picture Retakes ∙ Startzville Elem., Make up Pictures Courage, 10:45 am ∙ Rebecca Creek Elem., Coffee with Principal, 10 am
∙ Canyon Middle, Picture Retakes ∙ Startzville Elem., Sail America Expo ∙ Canyon Middle, PTA Dance, 6:30pm ∙ Timberwood Park Elem., Kinder
∙ Spring Branch Middle, Picture Retakes ∙ Freiheit Elem., PTA Meeting/Family Reading Thanksgiving Feast
∙ Goodwin Frazier Elem., Self Esteem, Parent Night, 6 pm 12th∙ Comal County Honor Band Auditions, ∙ Arlon Seay Elementary, Spring Branch Middle
Resource Room 402, 8 am ∙ Morningside Elem., PTA Meeting/5th grade at Church Hill Middle, 8 am Counselors will be visiting 5th Graders, 1:45 pm
∙ Comal ISD Gifted and Talented Program American Program (honoring Veterans), 6:30 pm
Referral and Screening Informational Meeting, at 13th∙ American Education Week and Education 19th∙ Church Hill Middle, Comal County Honor Band
Kinder Ranch Elementary Cafeteria, 6:30 pm 8th & 9th Support Professionals Day Rehearsal Concert and Clinic, 8:30 am
∙ Comal ISD Early Release Days (1.5 hrs) ∙ Church Hill Middle, Comal County Honor Band
3rd ∙ Bill Brown Elem., Picture Retakes for all students – Parent Conferences 14th – 18th Performance, 3:30 pm
∙ Morningside Elem. Picture Retakes ∙ Church Hill Middle, Library Book Fair
∙ Morningside Elem., College T-shirt Day 9th∙ Rebecca Creek Elem., Picture Retakes 20th – 26th
∙ Timberwood Park Elem., College Spirit Day ∙ Goodwin Frazier Elem., The Six Pillars of 15th∙ Rahe Bulverde Elem., Parent Education ∙ National Family Week
∙ Spring Branch Middle, AC Memorial Early Character, Parent Resource Room 402, 8 am Night/PE Fitness Gram, 7:30 am
College HS Presentation, 12:40 pm ∙ Startzville Elem., Campus Beautification and ∙ Garden Ridge Elem., Picture Retakes 21st ∙ Timberwood Park Elem., Bike Rodeo
∙ Goodwin Frazier Elem., How Children Learn Thanksgiving Dinner, 1:30 pm ∙ Hoffmann Lane Elem., Kinder Candle making ∙ Hoffmann Lane Elem., Kinder Thanksgiving Feast
Values?, Parent Resource Room 402, 5:15 pm ∙ Canyon Lake High, NHS Induction, 6 pm ∙ Startzville Elem., PTA Board Meeting, 9 am
∙ Timberwood Park Elem., 4th Grade Program, 6 pm ∙ Spring Branch Middle, Veterans Day Rehearsal, ∙ Startzville Elem., Mt. Valley Middle to visit 5th 22nd ∙ Canyon Middle, Ag Day for kids in 6th grade
6:30 pm Grade, 1:55 pm and 8th grade Speech and Health classes
4th∙ Bill Brown Elem., PTA Annual Walk-a-Thon ∙ Johnson Ranch Elem., Gametown Pizza, at ∙ Hoffmann Lane Elem., Kinder Native American
∙ Johnson Ranch Elem., Picture Retakes 10th∙ Arlon Seay Elem., Picture Retakes Stone Oak Shopping Center, 3 pm Game Day
∙ Freiheit Elem., Patriotic Assembly ∙ Specht Elem., Fall Picture Retakes ∙ Timberwood Park Elem., Turkeys go on Strike ∙ Timberwood Park Elem., Field Day
by 4th Grade, 7:30 am ∙ Timberwood Park Elem., Picture Retakes Program by 3rd Grade, Cafeteria, 6 pm ∙ Rebecca Creek Elem., Pep Rally, 1:30 pm
∙ Clear Spring Elementary, Careers on Wheels, 8 am ∙ Rebecca Creek Elem., Author Tim Tingle ∙ Startzville Elem., 5th Grade Parent Registration
∙ Timberwood Park Elem., PTA Board Presentation Meeting, 6:30 pm 23rd – 25th
Meeting, 8:15 am ∙ Bill Brown Elem., Trailblazer Luncheon ∙ Canyon Lake High, Emerald Dancers ∙ Comal ISD Holiday Break – Thanksgiving
∙ Rebecca Creek Elem., Family Movie Night, 6:30 pm Courage, 10:45 am Candidates & Parents Meeting,
∙ Clear Spring Elementary, PTA Movie Night, 7 pm ∙ Goodwin Frazier Elem., Siblings, Parent Dance Studio, 6:30 pm 24th∙ Thanksgiving Day
Resource Room 402, 5:15 pm
5th∙ Mountain Valley Middle, Choir Region Clinic ∙ Spring Branch Middle, Veterans Day Program, 16th∙ Rahe Bulverde Elem., Picture Retakes 26th∙ Canyon Middle, 7th & 8th Grade Band CCHB
and Concert at Smithson Valley HS, 6 pm ∙ Rebecca Creek Elem., Mt. Valley Middle Clinic and Concert, at Canyon Middle
∙ Comal ISD Family Summit, Canyon High, 9:30 am ∙ Garden Ridge Elem., Veterans Day Program, Counselors will visit 5th Graders, 9:30 am
Cafeteria, 6:30 pm 29th∙ Canyon Middle, Elective Fair, 6 pm
6th∙ Standard Time Change – Fall Back an hour 16th & 17th ∙ Spring Branch Middle, 6th Grade Beginner Band
∙ Hoffmann Lane Elem., Tooth Time Concert, Gym, 6 pm
30th∙ Spring Branch Middle, 6th Grade Course
17th∙ National Parental Involvement Day Selection Meeting, 6 pm
∙ Morningside Elem., College T-shirt Day
∙ Oak Creek Elem., Picture Retakes Days, times & locations of
∙ Oak Creek Elem., PTA Meeting, 10 am events are subject to change
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2012 SA Stock Show & Rodeo “presale” ticket promotion
Come be a part of the PRCA’s Largest Indoor Rodeo.
The Stock Show & Rodeo is giving you this exclusive offer to purchase rodeo tickets in advance,
prior to the general public sale on Nov.1st and throughout the year.
Here’s your opportunity to secure the “best” available seats in the house with our season/mini-season ticket
packages, as well as individual seats. Be the first to purchase our new promotion, the “Rodeo Star Experience”
as well as purchase carnival vouchers at half price!
1st Entertainer Announcement: February 9th ~ Chris Young
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chased by contacting Charlotte Muniz for an order form and then faxing it to the San Antonio Stock Show &
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If you have any questions, please contact: Charlotte Muniz, San Antonio Rodeo Ticket Committee
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Hometown Holiday in the Hills
The Bulverde/Spring Branch Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2nd Annual Hometown Holiday in the Hills Calendar of Events.
Please join us for family fun, festive activities, shopping experiences, food, and much more in celebration of the
Holiday spirit in our beautiful “Front Porch to the Hill Country:” Bulverde-Spring Branch!
Special Thanks to our Calendar Sponsors: Monarch Utilities & Bliss, Bling & Sassy Thing
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 SATURDAY, DEC. 3 FRIDAY, DEC. 16
Lighting of Downtown @ The Village of Bulverde, 5:30 – 9 pm 2nd Annual “Denim & Diamonds” Fundraiser for Bulverde-Spring Polar Express Pajama Party
Traditional Christmas tree lighting, Santa parade, Santa photos, vendors Branch Emergency Medical Services, 6 – 10 pm @ Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 4 – 5:30 pm
and family activities FREE! Donations to the Bulverde Food Pantry (EMS) @ Knibbe Ranch / (830) 228-4501 131 Bulverde Crossing / (830) 438-4864
gladly accepted. Polar Express story time, cookies & cocoa FREE! Wear your PJs!!!!
31st Annual “Living Christmas”
Christmas Open House @ The Bulverde Senior Center @ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6:30– 10 pm TUESDAY, DEC. 20
30280 Cougar Bend (830) 438-3111 29797 Hwy. 281 N. / (830) 980-2813 Night Before Christmas & Holiday on the Hilltop Awards @
Art Gallery Open House @ The Bulverde Area Arts Center Drive through 12 Live Christmas Scenes - FREE! Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 2 – 4 pm
2355 Bulverde Rd, #9 (830) 980-1944 131 Bulverde Crossing / (830)438-4864
THURSDAY, DEC. 8 Story time, refreshments, crafts & photos with Santa
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Friends of the Library Holiday Tea & Holiday on the Hilltop Kick- Holiday on the Hilltop winners announced FREE
LET IT SNOW!! Off @ The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 4-6:30 pm
@ BLISS BLING & SASSY THINGS, 11 am-5 pm 131 Bulverde Crossing / (830) 438-4864
9640 Hwy. 281 N. / (830)885-2027 Christmas Open House with food & beverages. Vote for your favorite
Want to play in a little of the white stuff without leaving town? The annu- tree, wreath or holiday tabletop décor . FREE!
al 2011 “Let It Snow” Hometown Holiday Festival at Bliss Bling & Sassy
Things could be just your ticket. Folks are still talking about last year’s SATURDAY, DEC. 10
event, but this year promises to be even bigger, with 15,000 pounds of “Santa Loves Children & Pets”
snow, compared to 12,000 last year. There will be tons of snow, Santa @ Broadway Bank, 10 am – 12 pm
will make an appearance, and shopping galore! Throw in some hot cocoa 20440 Hwy. 46 W. / (830) 438-8381
and it couldn’t get any better! Photos with Santa & Christmas treats FREE!
Donations to the Bulverde Food Pantry & The Bulverde Humane Society
SATURDAY, DEC. 3 Gladly Accepted
The Holiday Hunger Run 5K Benefiting the Bulverde Food Pantry @
Tejas Rodeo Company, 9 am-12 pm Xbox 360 Holiday Tournament
401 Obst Road / (210)275-4996 @ BGESH, Incorporated, 6 – 8 pm
Music & Booths 23063 Hwy. 46 W., Suite 2 / (830) 438-4722
Gaming Tournament FREE! Second Grade & Up
Christmas Craft Show & Rummage Sale
@ Bulverde Senior Center, 9 am – 4 pm
30280 Cougar Bend / (830) 438-3111
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
Faithfest @ Faithville Village, 10 am – 3 pm Area families enjoy the “Let it Snow” event during last year’s Bliss Bling &
Hwy. 46 E. (210) 392-5915 Sassy Things fun-filled festival. This year’s “Let It Snow” event is going to
Santa, Food & Holiday Shopping be even bigger. Bring the kids and family and stop by for some old fash-
ioned frosty fun. See event listing, Nov. 27th, for full details.
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October 2011 Breakfast/Lunch Menus
ELEMENTARY MENUS SECONDARY MENUS
November 1-4 November 1-4
TUE B: Breakfast Taco with Salsa, Juice, and Fresh TUE B: Pancake on Stick, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
Fruit L: Spaghetti & Meat Sauce, Green Beans,
L: Corn Dog or Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, Steamed Yellow Squash, Bread Stick
Sweet Yellow Corn, Banana with Strawberry Glaze
WED B: Steak Biscuit, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
WED B: Homemade Kolache, Juice, Fresh Fruit L: Baked Catfish, Brown Rice, Butternut
L: Popcorn Chicken or Steak Fingers, Mac and Squash, Steamed Zucchini, Jalapeno Cornbread
Cheese, California Mixed Veg., Fresh Baked
Roll, Rosy Applesauce THU B: Breakfast Taco, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
L: Baked Potato Bar, Texas Chili, Broccoli &
THU B: Ham and Cheese Biscuit, Juice, Fresh Fruit Mushrooms, Carrots, Roll
L: Hamburger or Chicken Burger, Burger
Toppings, Potato Smiles, Chilled Peaches FRI B: Cinnamon Roll, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
L; Chicken Stir Fry, Fried Rice, Oriental
FRI B: Oatmeal with Toppings, Juice and Fresh Fruit Vegetables, Corn, Roll,
L: Sausage or Cheese Pizza, Fish Sandwich,
Salad, Fruit Cocktail
MON B: Breakfast Sausage Pizza, Juice and Fresh
MON B: Yogurt Parfait with Graham Crackers, Juice,
and Fresh Fruit L: Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes,
L: Ham & Cheese Wrap, Steak Fingers, Green Beans, Texas Toast
Whipped Potatoes & Gravy, Sweet Green Peas,
Mandarin Oranges TUE B: Sausage & Cheese, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
L: Chicken Alfredo, Sautéed Spinach, Fruit
TUE B: Fruit Muffin with Sausage Link, Juice, And Cobbler, Breadstick
L: Bean Burrito or Chef Salad, Steamed WED B: Breakfast Taco, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
Zucchini and Squash, Broccoli, Fruit Cocktail L: Baked Cajun Catch, Steamed Cabbage, Peas
& Carrots, Jalapeno Cornbread
WED B: Danimals Yogurt with Toast, Juice, Fresh Fruit
L: Chicken Giggles, Cheeseburger Mac, THU B: Cheesy Scramble Eggs, Toast, Juice, and
Seasoned Breen Beans, Fresh Baked Roll, Fresh Fruit
Applesauce L: Spicy Chicken Patty, Sweet Potato Wedge,
California Vegetables, Biscuit
THU B: Cinnamon Toast with Sausage, Juice, Fresh Fruit
L: Cheeseburger or Chicken Burger, Burger FRI B: Mini Pancakes, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
Toppings, Seasoned Fries, Apricot & L: Korean Ribs, Fried Rice, Corn, Pinto Beans
FRI B: Scrambled Eggs with Toast, Juice, Fresh Fruit MON B: French toast with Sausage, Juice, and Fresh
L: Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza, Fish Treasures, Fruit
Fresh Broccoli Florets, Pineapple Tidbits L: Shepherd’s Pie, Black Eyed Peas, Corn,
MON B: Bagel, Bacon, Fresh Fruit, and Juice TUE B: Ham, Cheese & Egg Biscuit, Juice, and
L: Steak Fingers, Turkey Sub, Tator Tots, Fresh Fruit
Celery & Carrots, Pears, and Milk L: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Peas & Carrots,
TUE B: Breakfast Cookie, Juice and Fresh Fruit
L: Chalipa, Hotdog, Rice, Corn, Peaches WED B: Kolaches, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
L: Oven Fried Chicken, Brown Rice, Steamed
WED B: Sunny Breakfast Taco, Fresh Fruit, Juice Squash, Roll
L: WG Chicken Nuggets, Grill Cheese w/Soup,
Steamed Carrots, Rosy Applesauce THU B: Breakfast Chicken Biscuit, Juice, and Fresh
THU B: French toast, Fresh Fruit, Juice, and Milk
L: Baked Potato Bar, Diced Ham, Steamed
L: Hamburger, or Chicken Burger, Potato
Broccoli, Carrots, Texas toast
Smiles, Diced Pears and Milk
FRI B: WG Chicken Biscuit, Juice, and Fresh Fruit FRI B: Bagel with Crispy Bacon, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
L: Sausage or Cheese Pizza, Fish Sandwich, L: Orangey Chicken Stir Fry, Brown Rice,
Salad, Fruit Cocktail Green Beans & Mushrooms, Peas
November 21-25 November 21-25
MON B: Danimals Yogurt, Toast, Juice, and Fresh MON B: Steak Biscuit, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
Fruit L: Cheesy Chicken & Rice, Stewed Tomatoes,
L: BBQ Chicken, Mini Corn Dogs, Baked Baked Apples, Roll
Beans, Salad, Rosy Pears
TUE B: Pancakes with Toppings, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
TUE B: Pancake on a Stick, Juice, and Fresh Fruit L: Tomato Florentine, Carrots, Fruit Cobbler,
L: Crispy Beef Tacos, Chicken Caesar Salad, Garlic Toast
Spanish rice, Pineapple
FRI Holiday FRI Holiday
November 28-30 November 28-30
MON B:Mini Pancakes, Juice and Fresh Fruit MON B: Scramble Eggs with Ham & Toast, Juice,
L: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Breadstick, and Fresh Fruit
Turkey Cheese Wrap, Green Beans, Pears L: Salisbury steak, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed
Broccoli & Cauliflower, Biscuit
TUE B: Breakfast Taco with Salsa, Juice, and Fresh
Fruit TUE B: Pancakes with Toppings, Juice, and Fresh Fruit
L: Corn Dog or Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, L: Chicken Parmesan, Seasoned Pasta, Italian
Sweet Yellow Corn, Banana w/Strawberry Vegetables, Sautéed Spinach, Breadstick
WED B: Scramble Eggs with Ham, Toast, Juice, and
WED B: Homemade Kolache, Juice, Fresh Fruit Fresh Fruit
L: Popcorn Chicken or Steak Fingers, Mac n L: Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, Corn,
Cheese, Mixed Veg., Roll, Rosy Applesauce Stewed Tomatoes, Cornbread
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