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Smithson Valley cancels 2020 prom

Smithson Valley cancels 2020 prom

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

March 21, 2020

Mere days after the news that spring break would be extended to April 3, principal Michael Wahl made yet another announcement.  "At this time, we are cancelling the SVHS prom currently scheduled for April 18 at the JW Marriott," Wahl said. "We know that our students will be disappointed, but we bel...

Corona in Comal

Corona in Comal

Emma Siebold, Staff Writer

March 18, 2020

Comal County has issued an disaster declaration after first case of COVID-19 found

School cancellation extended

School cancellation extended

Rebekah Mann, Daniel Lackey, and Tatum Tomallo

March 17, 2020

Within the first few days of Comal’s extended spring break, San Antonio has confirmed five additional Coronavirus cases, Scholastic Aptitude Testing has been cancelled and Governor Greg Abbott has waived the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for this school year.  In light of...

Coronavirus cancels school

Coronavirus cancels school

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

March 13, 2020

Within a matter of days the news concerning the novel Coronavirus has taken drastic turns.  The contagious disease was named an official pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11.  Due to health concerns around COVID-19, Comal Independent School District will be closed March 16-20. ...

Proposition A of the 2020 bond

Proposition A of the 2020 bond

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

March 6, 2020

Proposition A on the 2020 bond ballot contains elementary schools 19 and 20, middle school eight and funding for busses and land.  As the district continues to grow, the need for more busses to accommodate new neighborhoods and new schools to alleviate crowding has become increasingly more necessary.  ...

Juniors and seniors prepare for the SAT

Juniors and seniors prepare for the SAT

Joey Clark, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

Juniors and seniors enter at varying degrees of preparation and self-confidence to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known by high schoolers as the SAT, on Wed. March 4. Test-takers should bring two #1 pencils, a pre-approved calculator (some classrooms will already provide them) and backup batt...

German and ROTC achieve state level

German and ROTC achieve state level

Jake Perez and Virginia Price

March 3, 2020

The JROTC Ranger Battalion competed in a drill meet this weekend at Texas A&M. They placed 4th over all and finished 3rd in both academics and physical fitness.    Here’s how they placed individually:   Academics: 2nd place: Alastair Craythorne 3rd place: Peyton ...

Comal’s new School of Choice?

Comal’s new School of Choice?

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

February 27, 2020

After getting feedback about the travel barrier between students living in the west side of the district and Memorial Early College High School, Comal school district administration developed a plan to create a new high school of choice closer to U.S. 281. The Board of Trustees will be presented toni...

Choosing your future

Choosing your future

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager

February 26, 2020

It’s that time of year again: the days of stressing over which classes you want to stick with for your next year. Last week, students of all grade levels received their course selection form, and freshmen and sophomore received information on how to fill out that form during the advisory period Fr...

Board approves $397.7 million bond for voting

Board approves $397.7 million bond for voting

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

February 22, 2020

Comal Independent School District board of trustees officially approved a $397.7 million bond package to be presented to voters on May 2.  The bond includes four proposition sections due to a change in the state education code, and early voting takes place April 20 to 28. “(The bond) is going t...

Students and teacher share opinions prior to upcoming election

Students and teacher share opinions prior to upcoming election

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

February 22, 2020

Texas holds its primary for the Nov. 2020 election on March 3. Primaries allow all political parties to choose a candidate they will rally behind for the presidential election, and students over the age of 18 are encouraged to place their votes when the time comes. "For the first time in a long time we have r...

Performers play solo and ensemble pieces

Performers play solo and ensemble pieces

Joey Clark, Staff Writer

February 21, 2020

Band members compete at the Solo and Ensemble Competition in efforts to earn first division ratings and advance to state by playing pre-prepared pieces in groups and individually this weekend. The contest will occur from 8A.M.-4P.M. on Feb. 22. but is not open to the public to listen to performances. M...