The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

Beyond the Bubble: Texas book censorship

Emma Siebold December 1, 2021

Managing editor Emma Siebold sits down with S.U.R.E. club adviser Jimmy Wilson to talk about recent efforts to censor books in Texas public schools. Here is a link to information and the list of books...

Canadian Womens Association provides a discrete hand gesture to signal for help.

Signaled to safety

Bethany Mann and Tatum Tomallo November 16, 2021

A driver on Interstate 75 in Kentucky dialed 911 after seeing a 16-year-old girl make a hand symbol for domestic abuse through the window -  a life saved because of TikTok.  The girl was kidnapped...

Junior T.J. Hunt receives the ball for a touchdown in the Rangers bi-district game against Madison.

Just your Maver-age victory

Emma Siebold, Managing Editor November 13, 2021

Coming off a loss from last week’s district title game against Steele, football defeated Madison 35-25 in the first round of playoffs Friday. Madison came out with gusto, letting the Rangers gain...

Interested players gather for the first Cornhole Club meeting Nov. 4.

Last bag standing

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer November 10, 2021

A new club has been added to the school's repertoire—the Cornhole Club.  At the first meeting, students sat in desks pressed against the wall, and learned the rules of cornhole. Many of them cracked...

Senior varsity soccer player Katie Svitchan plays in a game last semester.

Back to the drawing board

Rebekah Mann, Editor In Chief November 4, 2021

Emotions run the gamut from anger to sadness to acceptance after Comal school district taxpayers voted down Tuesday bond propositions that would have added new athletic facilities on campus. Of the...

Students are asked to wear specific colors each day during the week of Nov.8 in support of marginalized groups on campus.

S.U.R.E Club to host Ally Week in support of minority groups

Emma Siebold, Managing Editor November 3, 2021

The Students United for Respect and Equity Club is hosting Ally Week  Nov. 8 to Nov. 13. Each day, students are encouraged to wear a specific color to support marginalized groups and causes. “Ally...

The ‘Dune’ movie was released on Oct. 22. It is available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max.

Building the House of Atreides

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer November 2, 2021

It’s official, I’m in love with Timothée Chalamet. The 25-year-old actor plays the main character, Paul Atriedes, in the new film adaptation of the novel “Dune” by Frank Herbert.  The series...

The 2021 bond election for Comal Independent School District will take place on Nov. 2.

Q and A with Michael Wahl

Rebekah Mann, Editor In Chief November 1, 2021

Question: What is Proposition A, the Voter Approved Tax Ratification Election? Smithson Valley Principal Michael Wahl: “In a nutshell, we are asking  taxpayers to raise the taxes a little bit in...

Daniel Diaz brings a microwave to school for anything but a backpack day. Other students brought household items as well.

Everything but the kitchen sink

Joey Clark, Copy Editor October 28, 2021

Hippies and cowboys who dressed up Tuesday found their daily hallway commute a little more cramped than usual Wednesday as they shared elbow room with strollers, shopping carts, and a popcorn machine. ...

Dungeons and Dragons club meets in room A203 Mondays and Thursday after school.

D&D players go rogue

Lucian Steube-Lintner and Hannah Velasquez October 26, 2021

As the barbarians, monk, and rogue found themselves in the heat of battle with Transmutation Wizards, Svala began to roll a D20 for strength. They cheered victoriously at the rolling of a natural 20, Noah...

Working upfield, returner Brayden Bafidis goes skyward against South San on Oct. 15. Bafidis special teams acumen has been integral to the Rangers success this season.

Making a Rocket

Jackson Posey, Sports Director October 22, 2021
Football to take on Judson team rife with questions
The ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ movie was released to theaters on Sept. 24.

Anybody have a map

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer October 18, 2021

I think it’s safe to say that I’m no stranger to the six-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” From listening to the soundtrack in 2018 to reading the novelization when I...

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