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‘Tis the season for giving

‘Tis the season for giving

Rebekah Mann, Tatum Tomallo, and Daniel Lackey

November 12, 2019

Gobbling for Good    The annual turkey feather contest will not continue this year. However, a new donation competition will take its place, starting Nov. 11-15. The new turkey collection will not be a competition between third period classes, but it will instead be between teachers.  This new fundrai...

Memorial established for social studies teacher

Memorial established for social studies teacher

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

November 8, 2019

     A group of sophomore students have created a Go Fund Me page in order to memorialize Stacie Younts.  The proceeds would help pay for a bench dedicated in her honor. The students have a goal of $2,500. Any questions can be direct towards Abigail Martin at 210-801-2102.  All donations a greatly appreci...

Robotics team headed to state

Robotics team headed to state

Joey Clark, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Robotics is far from a traditional sport, but from the energy and dedication when attending a typical practice session, you’d think it was. The Iron Giants robotics team advanced to state after placing second overall in the San Antonio Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) competition...

The Valley Unplugged

The Valley Unplugged

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

November 8, 2019

Opening sometime in December, the counseling staff will be offering a mindfulness room during F.I.T. sessions.  The room is located in room B100, and will be called The Valley Unplugged.     “We wanted to give students the opportunity to just break away from their normal day,” counselor Kristen Guer...

Social Media Competition

Social Media Competition

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager

November 5, 2019

Next week, Nov. 11-15, the media team is having a social media competition where participants will have the chance to win a $15 Whataburger gift card. All they have to do is earn instagram followers for @svjournalism. Participants will DM the instagram Friday with the amount of followers they got. Th...

Sending out an SOS

Sending out an SOS

Tatum Tomallo, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Representatives from Communities in Schools will bring their Signs of Suicide program back to campus Friday-Wednesday and Nov. 12-13 to help identify and help teens who might consider suicide. Juniors will hear the message during their U.S. History classes and complete anonymous surveys regarding their...

Countdown to Fall Fest

Countdown to Fall Fest

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

October 29, 2019

The Smithson Valley High School Fall Festival is an event where clubs and organizations plan activities for students to participate in, in order to recruit new members. Clubs and organizations like S.U.R.E, Writers Guild, Humans of SV and many more will be participating this year. Fall Fest will...

New Voices of Texas

New Voices of Texas

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

October 25, 2019

   Student journalists are pushing a new law in Texas to protect student publications.  The New Voices law will prevent administrative censorship and call for a new interpretation of freedom of speech.      “There is no way you can practice student journalism if you don’t have the leg...

Info on school Pink Out game

Info on school Pink Out game

Tatum Tomallo, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

Get out your face paint and tutus because the Pink Out game is this Friday, Oct. 25. Pink Out is a way for schools to raise breast cancer awareness during the month of October. Wear pink out merchandise this Friday for the football game at Ranger Stadium as the Rangers take on Steele’s Knights at 7:...

The what, why and how of FIT scheduling

The what, why and how of FIT scheduling

Emma Siebold, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

Students will receive a 25 minutes study hall for homework and tutoring.

Get ready for PSAT

Get ready for PSAT

Miguel Diaz, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

About 2,400 students on campus will take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. While some consider it a practice test, it could have important ramifications to those whose scores could qualify them for National Merit recognition and related scholarships. T...

Annual band fajita dinner fires up funds

Annual band fajita dinner fires up funds

Jake Perez and Joey Clark

October 3, 2019

The band is conducting its 11th annual benefit fajita dinner Friday 6-9 p.m. in the school cafeteria and will include a silent auction. Fajita meal tickets are $10 each and can be bought at the door. Entrée meals include beef or chicken fajitas as well as rice, beans, tortillas, desserts, and beverages. Live...