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District proposes calendar 2A to school board

District proposes calendar 2A to school board

Emma Sipple and LJ Haider

January 29, 2018


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Changes to calendar A are to be voted on at the next school board meeting in February. A survey which went out in December posted two options for the 2018-2019. Option A was the preferred option by voters.   “Most who voted were in favor of option A,” director of Marketing and Community Part...

Serving food and music

Serving food and music

Rebecca Covington, Opinion Editor

January 26, 2018


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The choir presents Dinner and a Song in Senior Dining Hall on Friday and Saturday. Set to begin at 6 p.m., the event will consist of food catered by BJ’s Brewhouse and songs from Broadway musicals sung by choir members.  "We sing broadway songs such as "One Day More" from 'Les Miserables,' "Forget About...

Braingers sweep Canyon invitational

Braingers sweep Canyon invitational

Laney Rendon, News Editor

January 22, 2018


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 Students from all over the district gather almost every other Saturday from Jan. to March to compete in one thing: Academics. At the Canyon meet Jan. 20, students waited for the results with anticipation, sitting on the edge of their seats in cougar cafe, finger crossed, hoping they placed. The res...

The not-so-secret secret

The not-so-secret secret

Devan Corbyn, Sarah Mattingly, Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Madelyn Rocha, Adia Sandoval, and Alyssa Tarabay

January 18, 2018


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It starts off innocently enough. “Did you do the English homework?” “Yeah, did you?” “No, can I see yours?” “Sure, I don’t see why not. Just don’t copy it word for word. I don’t want it to look like we cheated.” And so it begins, the not-so-secret secret of cheating. Ever...

Former academic dean takes new position

Former academic dean takes new position

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

January 5, 2018


Filed under News, Profiles

Due to an opening at Churchill Middle School, former Academic Dean Jaime Alvarez-Calderon now is the principal as of Wednesday so former assistant principal Tammy Pinkham will take the role as Academic Dean. “It’s been a privilege to work with and to get to know everyone,” Alvarez-Calderon said. ...

Brilliant bunch at Bandera

Brilliant bunch at Bandera

LJ Haider, Online Editor

December 11, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

At the Bandera meet on Dec. 2, new and returning UIL competitors took the one hour drive to compete in the first meet of the year. Throughout the competition, the team would hear the school's name for the many placements which lead to them bringing home third place overall sweepstakes. Here is the...

Junior places fifth in job interview contest

Junior places fifth in job interview contest

Rebecca Covington, Opinion Editor

December 7, 2017


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When Clayton Elbel interviews for his next job, he will not only have experience in working hard but also in interviewing. On Dec. 2, Elbel placed fifth in the state in the job interview contest for the Texas FFA Leadership Development Event at Sam Houston State University. At the competition, members submit a resume ...

Stocked up

Stocked up

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


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The junior varsity dance team, the Silverados, is collecting stockings in order to give back to those who don’t have a home this holiday season. Collecting began the day school started after Thanksgiving break, Nov. 15 and will continue until Dec. 15. The designated collection box is in room A111....

Silver Spectacular

Silver Spectacular

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

December 6, 2017


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The school dance department will be hosting a Winter Spectacular show. The show will feature the Silver Spurs, Silverados, SVHS dance department classes, SVMS Sweethearts and SBMA Silver Stars. Tonight doors to the Varsity gym will open in 6:45 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:15 p.m. with an ad...

Off to the races

Off to the races

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

December 4, 2017


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Voting for class officers will be Wednesday during lunches. For freshman class president, the choices are McKay Rust and Lindsay Patti. Sophomores Emilee Chillres and Nicole Sandoval are both running for class president. For secretary, Catherine Haegelin and Chelsea Starkey  are running for the...

High grades pay off

High grades pay off

Laney Rendon, News Editor

November 14, 2017


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Of the 1.5 million juniors in the nation who took the Pre-SAT test in October 2016, only 16,000 were named National Merit Semifinalists. Seniors Jerry Fang and Ben Hanscom received the honor of being named National Merit Scholars. "It’s such an honor to be able to share this with so many of my classma...

Exchange affirmed

Exchange affirmed

Leslie Jaurez and Makayla Kyner

November 14, 2017


Filed under Features, News

Junior Jesper Steenholdt from Stenlose Privatskole, Denmark is the first foreign exchange student on the debate team. “I just started learning debate last week.” Steenholdt said. “Smithson Valley HS is a pretty big school and someone that is new can easily get intimidated at first.” Jesper states that...