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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 Sheriff's 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
The Equality Act's next step: getting passed in the Senate.

The Equality Act passes in House of Representatives

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager March 2, 2021

The Equality Act, amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act, passed the House of Representatives Thursday, Feb. 25 after three Republicans joined the unanimous Democrats that supported...

Proceeds from SPUD Week will go to Bryant Lacewell (pictured).

Community groups rack support for S.P.U.D. Week

Josephine Clark, Staff Writer February 28, 2021

To raise money for a local beneficiary chosen by the Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) association, “Students Performing Unselfish Deeds,” otherwise known as S.P.U.D. Week, annually challenges clubs...

Pieper High School is expected to have nearly 1,000 students roaming the hallways in August.

Pieper High School updates

Rebekah Mann and Daniel Lackey February 13, 2021

Comal Independent School District’s newest high school, Pieper High School (PHS), opens this fall.  The school will open with a projected enrollment of 897 students, those being 9th and 10th graders....

Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC) Ramon

Returning to a new ‘normal’

Presley Berry, Staff Writer February 5, 2021

When the first nurse received the initial dose of the novel COVID- 19 vaccine on Dec. 14, the whole world watched. Now the big question is when everyone will get it. As of now, Pfiezer and Moderna have...

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