The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

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The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

During halftime in the New Braunfels game Sept. 23, the drum line performs its competition show.

Wrapping it all up

Joey Clark, Staff Writer October 1, 2021

Sand sweeps all 100 yards of the football field in a haze of heat supplied by an unforgiving Texas sun. The road warriors stand at attention, and with a single raise of the drum majors’ hands, they snap...

The Stanford womens basketball team won the 2021 NCAA tournament. The 2022 womens tournament will be branded as March Madness.

NCAA to begin branding women’s basketball as ‘March Madness’

Emma Siebold, Managing Editor September 30, 2021

After allegations of gender inequality, the NCAA announced that for the 2022 college basketball playoffs, the women’s tournament will also receive the “March Madness” trademark. On Sept. 29, the...

Former student Katelyn Obregon gives blood during the 2020 blood drive.

Annual blood drive set tomorrow

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer September 27, 2021

 The summer after he turned 16, senior Blake Gomien went to his local CrossFit gym to donate when the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive there. “I did it because I wanted to know what it felt...

All flags in the Comal Independent School District will remain at half staff for 9/11 remembrance.

District-wide 9/11 remembrance

Sam Rico and Lucian Steube-Lintner September 10, 2021

With the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001 this Saturday, Comal Independent School District will be holding several events to honor the day.  On  Friday, a minute long district-wide...

Gift cards can be dropped off in classrooms A102, C106 and D102.

Gift card drive for family in need

Rebekah Mann, Managing Editor May 19, 2021

In response to a family in the Comal community losing their belongings in a fire, the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy will be hosting a gift card drive to replace items and clothing for the family’s sophomore...

Valerie Grona (far left) meets with other Ready Set Teach graduates May 5 in the senior dining hall.

Back to where it all began

Grace Bush, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

Walking into the noisy classroom, full of colorful decorations and giddy children, Valerie Grona knew that this -- teaching -- was her future. Now, Grona will begin her first year teaching at Johnson Ranch...

This FEMA certification allows students to help communities after natural disaster strikes.

Conquering disaster

Ariana Vasquezz, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Fifteen students earned the Federal Emergency Management Agency certification; this will help them be educated for when they need to respond to natural disasters. “The certificate is the IS (independent...

Comal County Sheriffs deputies released photos of the three girls this morning.

3 missing SVMS students found

Tim Tschoepe and Rebekah Mann April 21, 2021

The three girls missing from Smithson Valley Middle School were found earlier today by the San Antonio Police Department. According to media reports, the girls were found on the west side of San Antonio...

AP English III teacher Verna Mann presents the class assignment via projector for face-to-face students and shares her laptop screen on Google Meets for remote students.

Remote learning paused for 2021-22

Rebekah Mann, Managing Editor April 16, 2021

After a year of hybrid learning because of the pandemic, superintendent Andrew Kim announced Thursday Comal ISD will not offer remote learning in the 2021-22 school year. However, the district plans...

The Discovering ‘Herstory’ bulletin board in the library showcases influential women in history. Librarian Amanda Trussell decorated the board with the intention of spreading awareness for Women’s History Month.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Grace Bush, Staff Writer March 31, 2021

March is Women’s History Month, meant to spread awareness about girlhood and celebrating powerful and influential women in history in spite of the sexism, misogyny, and patriarchy that has been prevalent...

Although the district lifted the mask mandate, teachers and students are still urged to wear facial coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19 and/or quarantining.

Behind the mask

Rebekah Mann, Managing Editor March 29, 2021

Members of the Board of Trustees voted 5-2 to lift the district-wide mask mandate after Texas Governor Greg Abott lifted the mandate for the state. The decision came into effect March 10, sparking both...

Comal ISD announced Tuesday night that it would no longer require masks in its schools. The move drew backlash for both its result and process.

District rolls back mask mandate

Jackson Posey, Sports Director March 10, 2021
The decision drew the ire of teachers, parents and students
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