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

The Equality Act passes in House of Representatives

Historic bill to be sent to the Senate
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

More information on district changes and additions
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....

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Returning to a new ‘normal’

Doctor holds one of the 200 million Pfizer vaccines which have been made and are ready to be distributed.
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...

Pieper High School's doors will open to strictly freshmen and sophomores for the 2021-22 academic school year.

Pieper HS/SVHS grandfathering application deadline approaches

Tatum Tomallo, Social Media Manager February 4, 2021

Pieper High School is offering a one-time grandfather option to Smithson Valley High School for ninth grade students Feb. 1 through Feb. 5. Students striving to remain at SVHS are required to fill out...

The advanced placement program is a widely recognized program across nearly all colleges.

Important changes to AP testing

Here are the format and condition accommodations for these nationally based exams
Chloe Presley, Online Publication Editor January 27, 2021

Teachers across the country have difficulty meeting curriculum requirements due to changes brought about from the pandemic, and because of that, College Board has made changes to the upcoming Advanced...

The survey available for the community to take closed Jan. 15

Committee to select 2021-2022 academic calendar

Which will it be: Option A or Option B?
Tatum Tomallo, Social Media Manager January 21, 2021

The district’s Academic Calendar Committee asked for feedback from students this week regarding next year’s schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. The voting deadline was Jan. 15, and the committee...

The end result of SPUD week

The end result of SPUD week

The final figures from SPUD Week have been tabulated; here's how we did.
Annie Osborne , Guest Staff Writer December 17, 2020

FACS adviser Aubrey Herring sits counting cash in her office fifth period after selling 105 Chick-Fil-A sandwiches to teachers during A, B, C, and D lunches.  This money was collected for the Students...

Only eight more days until Christmas break arrives, but not before finals (Dec. 16-18) are complete.

The rundown of finals’ week

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager December 11, 2020

  First Semester Exams will take place Dec. 16-18. There will be no exemptions for Fall Semester and no early exams allowed Wednesday, Dec. 16. Thursday, Dec. 17: Third, Fifth, and Sixth...

Third period classes will be encouraged to sign the pledge to make Smithson Valley no place for hate.

Stopping intolerance on campus

School community asked to sign pledge against discrimination, bullying on campus through 'No Place For Hate'
Rebekah Mann, Staff Writer November 12, 2020

The “No Place For Hate” pledge will be signed by students and teachers on Friday. Students are encouraged to sign the pledge to make the school a discriminatory-free and judgment-free place for everyone. Each...

Gobbling for Good will be a new take on the traditional Turkey Feather campaign, but the causes remains the same.

Turkeys for a cause

Gobbling for Good aims to provide holiday meals, donations to help those in need
Staff Reports November 6, 2020

Fall Fest came and went, but Family and Community Services now has another task ahead: Gobbling For Good, a project launching Monday and ending Nov. 13. With this project, each teacher will collect...

Halfway through their second period U.S. government class, seniors Zach Santana and Hadley Thomas research for their projects.

Conversations in the classroom

Government classes research politics before the election
Tatum Tomallo, Social Media Manager November 3, 2020

With Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden headlining the news because of today’s election, local and lesser-known state and national races do not receive much attention. Government...

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