New Braunfels ISD announced its policy today for providing free meals for children under the age of 18 through the Healthy Summer Meals for Kids Program. This program will be available at two NBISD schools for anyone under the age of 18 in the community.
Starting on June 4, NBISD will begin its Healthy Summer Meals for Kids program at Lone Star Early Childhood Center, located at 2343 W. San Antonio St.
On June 11, New Braunfels High School, located at 2551 Loop 337 N, will start its Summer Feeding Program. Breakfast will be served Monday-Thursday from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and lunch from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Both programs will remain operational through June 28, 2018.
The New Braunfels Food Bank will park their food trucks at Lone Star Early Childhood Center and New Braunfels High School after the summer feeding programs ends to extend meal service to the community. They will operate from June 29 through July 31 for lunch only. They will serve lunch at the Lone Star location from 11 a.m. until noon and at NBHS from noon until 1 p.m.
“All children under the age of 18 can go to either location for the NBISD summer feeding program,” said Ashley West, NBISD assistant director of child nutrition. “Regardless of what site they visit, we will serve portions according to age.”
Please call the NBISD Child Nutrition Office at 830-627-6743 with any questions.
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New Braunfels ISD is proud to announce that six NBISD students have had their PTA Reflection entries selected for a state-level honor including one entry that will advance to nationals.
The Texas PTA received 979 entries for state-level judging and awarded 500 students. A total of 14 entries from NBISD students were submitted to the state level earlier this semester. Of those students, the following six students were selected as Texas PTAs Reflection Award Winners:
Perri Call, National Qualifier and Overall Award of Excellence in Primary Photography, “Within Reach of Life,” Voss Farms Elementary
Tate Korpi, Award of Excellence in High School Photography, “Free,” New Braunfels High School
David Aguire, Award of Merit in Middle School Literature, “Learning From What Surrounds Us,” New Braunfels Middle School
Ava Dias, Award of Merit in Primary Video, “Earth Dirty Earth Clean,” County Line Elementary School
Jack Ortiz, Award of Merit in Primary Visual Arts, “Going the Distance,” Walnut Springs Elementary
Clark Haygood, Honorable Mention in Primary Music, “Concerto #1 in A Major (Bb Clairnet Concerto, Theme song),” Voss Farms Elementary
The Texas PTA will present these state winners with an award at a ceremony this summer. The students were also honored by the NBISD PTA Council on May 10 and the NBISD Board on May 21.
The other state qualifiers that won an Overall Award of Excellence from the NBISD Council of PTAs at the district level include:
Emma Parrish, Middle School Dance, “Hope,” Oak Run Middle School
Rigdon Powell, Primary Literature, “The Phoenix,” Walnut Springs Elementary
Abigail Henkes, Intermediate Literature, “Close to the Heavens,” Seele Elementary
Rory Peltier, Intermediate Photography, “Sliding Into Homeplate,” Voss Farms Elementary
Noah Vargas, Middle School Photography, “The Sky is the Limit,” New Braunfels Middle School
Avery Conway, Intermediate Visual Arts, “Happiness is Always Within Reach,” Walnut Springs Elementary
Addison Wittler, High School Visual Arts, “Into the Light,” New Braunfels High School
Paige Foster, Middle School Visual Arts, “Be the Hand that Reaches,” Oak Run Middle School
This year the theme was “Within Reach” and the categories included dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. All of the entries were judged on interpretation of the theme, creativity and artistic merit, and mastery of medium. Each entry must be the original work of one student and created specifically for the Reflections program based on the national theme. For more information on the Reflections program, visit http://www.txpta.org/reflections.
LINK TO PHOTO GALLERY: https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-tzNjSV/
Klein Road Elementary Student Council, consisting of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, volunteered at the New Braunfels Food Bank on April 25. The students along with their parents and other sponsors cleaned and sorted over 5,000 lbs of cabbage.
The Combined NBHS/NGC Mixed Choir (pictured above) competed in the Scholastic Music Festival at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center on April 27.
The New Braunfels Choir received a Superior Rating from each member of the three judge panel, earning a Superior Trophy. In addition, the NBHS Choir was awarded the "Best in Class" trophy for being the best Choir of the weekend, and the "Best Overall" trophy for being the best of all of the various performing groups over the weekend.
WSE kinder students Trevor Luke and Adele Aguilar pose by their zoo display.
Kindergarten students at Walnut Springs Elementary created a "zoo," during their study of animals.
Students began the project by learning about animals' physical characteristics with picture cards and anchor charts. They then chose an animal to write about in their science journal.
The students brought in stuffed or plastic animals from home and built displays around them that included decorations and interesting facts about the showcased animals.
Once the displays were ready, they invited their parents, campus teachers and staff to come visit the zoo and see what they learned. The students even had an admissions booth where they greeted visitors and handed out animal crackers.
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(L-R) NBHS Animation teacher Paul Vera, sophomores Jordan Stewart and Nathan Downey
NBHS juniors Jordan Stewart and Nathan Downey finished in first place in "Computer Animation Team" at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference last week in Grapevine, Texas.
The competition involved creating a computer-generated animation of a detailed hockey stadium with a game going on inside.
The team was recognized at the May 21 NBISD board meeting.
The following notification was emailed to all parents and staff on May 20, 2018:
It deeply saddens me that we have once again lost more lives to a senseless act of violence in a small Texas community like our own. The greater Santa Fe community has been catapulted into something we would describe as our worst nightmare.
Their loss is insurmountable and we extend our deepest sympathies.
We have spent a lot of time and resources to find ways to improve safety and security in our schools and have collaborated with local law enforcement every step of the way.
With that in mind, you will see an increased presence of the New Braunfels Police Department in and around all of the campuses until the end of the school year. This is precautionary, but I felt it was important to share with you as we enter the final two weeks of school.
I have been working hand-in-hand along with the Board’s Security Committee to develop both short-term and long-term solutions to the challenges that are upon us.
In the coming months you will receive more information from the administration under the direction of the Board of Trustees on how our plans will unfold with regards to safety and security.
Thank you for being a part of the New Braunfels ISD community.
Superintendent of Schools
The following notification was issued early this afternoon to all parents and staff:
This morning, a male student who attends New Braunfels Middle School was detained by New Braunfels Police Department and charged with making a Terroristic Threat.
The student made the threat against his fellow bus riders. NBISD Transportation Department reported the incident to the campus and NBPD was notified.
In a situation like this, the student’s punishment at the campus level will be based on the results of a student discipline hearing and could result in off-campus placement.
Please know that we take every threat seriously and work cooperatively with law enforcement to investigate each incident.
RSVP America Reads Program has been a part of NBISD for many years and sponsored hundreds of volunteers. The group is actively recruiting more members to volunteer in NBISD’s elementary schools.
The program pairs adult volunteers over the age of 55 with kindergarten, first and second grade students in local elementary schools. The volunteers meet individually with assigned students on the campus during school hours once a week for 30-minute tutoring sessions. Volunteers assist with reading skills, provide encouragement and instill confidence.
“We currently have more than 50 volunteers serving nine campuses in NBISD,” said Cindy Peterman, the Comal County RSVP Volunteer Coordinator. “Our goal is to achieve at least 10 hours of one-to-one mentoring and the services are free to the district and the students we serve.”
To learn more or to become a volunteer, please contact Peterman by email at email@example.com or by calling 830-625-1835 or Barbara Weyland at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 830-379-0300.
CAPTION: RSVP Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Peterman reads to an elementary student.
The NBISD School of Choice is holding their first fundraiser, a plant sale at the New Braunfels Farmer's Market on Sat. May 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The plants, grown by the students, include various tropicals, succulents, herbs, vegetables, peppers, flowers and more.
Money raised will be used to support the School of Choice Student Activity Account that funds incentives for attendance, behavior and progress.
Photo: New Braunfels Middle School Librarian Kacy Zaleski poses with the NBISD Education Foundation, students and Eugene the Unicorn after receiving a grant check.
On May 4, members of the NBISD Education Foundation awarded 18 teacher grants totaling $43,623.17 during their annual Grant Parade. The parade group visited 10 NBISD campuses to award teachers with grants they had applied for earlier in the semester.
Each grant recipient was surprised with a grand entrance by the NBHS drum line, a presentation of a large check, a balloon bouquet and other keepsakes to commemorate the event. This year’s grant recipients included:
BENCH: Because Everyone Needs Collaborative Help
Judy Griscom, Brian Pfeiffer, and Shaina Ryan
Books Are Great for 6th-8th!
NBHS & Oak Run
Kacy Zaleski and Amanda Hunt
We Gotta ROLL to Rock!
Every BIT Counts!
Stephanie Green and Melissa Norton
Students Break Out!
IT MAKES SENSEory Room
Bringing Learning Alive Through Augmented Reality
Hip to Be Square: Square Panda - A Multi- Sensory Phonics Learning System
Lone Star ECC
Writing Can Be fun!
Building a Social Foundation
Christi Dunlap and Stacey Roff
The Magic of Movement
Wendy Hanson and Kristen Cotton
Revolve To Evolve
Got Math Fluency
Ninth Grade Center
Bryan Mortenson, Kevin Alley, Joshua Brake, Trent Wenzel, and Tim Weste
Books: Food for the Brain!
Creating Reading Detectives
Leisha Weidner and Melanie Bowen
Inspiring Outdoor Classrooms
Kristi Beabout and Autumn Redwine
Physics Smart Carts
Susan Barber, Christine Ziese, Chelsey Harvey
The residents of New Braunfels ISD re-elected Sherry Harrison as Trustee for Single-Member District 5 during the election held on May 5. The race included two candidates – Sherry Harrison and Kyle Campbell – vying for the position on the NBISD Board of Trustees. Harrison received 272 votes (63.55 percent) and Campbell received 156 votes (36.45 percent). A total of 429 votes were cast in the election or 4.68 percent of the 9,173 registered voters in District 5.
The unofficial results of the election are:
Kyle C. Campbell
Trustee, Single Member District No. 5
Sherry Harrison, first elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2009, currently serves as the Board Vice President. She previously served as Board Secretary for one year and Vice President for several years. She has been elected to her fourth term following today’s election.
A 17-year resident of NBISD, Harrison volunteers at the NBISD elementary school libraries, delivers Meals on Wheels, serves as officer/chairperson for the Mid-Texas Symphony and is a member of the City of NB Arts and Culture Task Force. She and husband, Matthew, have two daughters, both of who were distinguished graduates of NBHS.
Trustee, Single Member District 2
Eric Bergquist ran unopposed for the NBISD Board of Trustees position in Single-Member District 3, and will begin his first term on the Board after he is sworn in on May 21. His name did not appear on a ballot and he was declared elected on April 16, 2018.
Eric Bergquist, a 1987 graduate of New Braunfels High School, will begin his first term on the NBISD Board of Trustees on May 21 following the official swearing in ceremony. He is employed by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals as a Territory Account Manager. He is very active in the community and currently serves on the NBISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. He and his wife, Dawn, have two children who recently graduated from NBHS.
The Board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on May 16 in the NBISD Boardroom to canvass the votes from the May 5, 2018 election. The newly elected board members will be sworn on May 21, during the regular monthly Board meeting. Both District 3 and District 5 are full, three-year terms that will expire in 2021.
The NBISD Board of Trustees is comprised of seven members that include five single-member districts and two at-large positions. According to Board Policy BBA (LEGAL), the trustees, as a body corporate, have the exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of the public schools of a district.
On May 1, the students at Lamar Elementary opened their doors to a group of 12 residents from Eden Hill. The idea for the luncheon came from the Student Council as a way to provide a meaningful community outreach activity. The Student Council coordinated the luncheon with the help of their sponsor, Shanna Hart, and Candace Barnes, the school counselor.
Before their special guest arrived, the students planned and prepared the meal and set up the dining area. The meal was comprised of sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies. When the guests arrived, the students paired up with one of the guests and helped serve them their meal. The guests wasted no time at all getting to know their young hosts.
The Student Council, comprised of 4th and 5th graders, hosted this luncheon for the first time this year. Last year and earlier this semester, students from Lamar visited the residents at Eden Hill a handful of times to play games and talk with them.
“Since we have established a great relationship with the facility, they decided to do something more and asked to host the picnic,” said Barnes. “One of our students was even reunited with a previous neighbor who gave her a small gift that day.”
After the meal concluded, the students gave their guests a brief tour of the school.
“Having the Eden Hill residents over at our school was an amazing experience,” said Audrey Fulham, a fifth grader at Lamar. “I thought it was great to be able to talk and enjoy the time with our elders who we should all appreciate. “
The Lamar students plan to visit Eden Hill after school two times this month to visit and play games.
“I think it is very important to be able to spend time with them, and I would love to spend more time with them,” added Fulham.
New Braunfels High School hosted their annual Senior Awards Ceremony on April 30 in the school auditorium to honor nearly 200 of their graduates and announce this year’s Top 10 Graduates.
The evening event was the first public recognition of the Top 10 graduates who will have special roles during the graduation ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 31 at Texas State University’s Strahan Coliseum.
“At the ceremony, 200 scholarships were awarded from local sponsors, and we are still waiting to hear from five more about additional scholarships,” said Tina Miller, the NBHS College and Career advisor who coordinates the ceremony. “There was approximately $214,000 in scholarships awarded that night.”
The ceremony also included recognition of the 14 students that are enlisting in the military after graduation.
According to Miller, the graduating class was offered approximately $2.6 million in scholarship, including local, academic, national, military and athletic. NOTE: The source of the total dollar amount was only based on those students that chose to submit their scholarship award amounts to be included in the total.
CAPTION: The Top 10 graduates of the NBHS Class of 2018 were honored on April 30 during the Senior Awards Ceremony held in the school auditorium. The Top 10 Graduates include: (front row, left to right) Lauren Callahan (Salutatorian), Kathryn Day (Valedictorian), Clancy Forlano (#3), (back row, left to right) Brooke Moeller (#4), Katie CoCo-Senyszyn (#5), Lucy Muir (#9) and Tate Korpi (#10). Not pictured: Zaynslee Bednorz (#7), Andres Manrique Bucheli (#6) and Erin Monreal (#8).
The New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109 has awarded NBHS teacher Denise Ortiz (pictured far right) the "Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for Excellence in Education." Masonic Lodges across Texas annually present this Award to teachers who exemplify integrity, possess focus and determination, and have made a positive impact in public education.
According to the award committee, Ortiz’s outstanding work with the College Board and in bringing the EcoRise program to her students, combined with her high expectations for her students, have truly served as a springboard for students to pursue science as a career.
The New Braunfels Lodge also awarded NBHS student Ryland Lane (pictured center) with the Mirabeau B. Lamar Masonic Scholarship. This award is also made annually to a graduating senior who possesses integrity, focus, and determination to overcome adversity in their pursuit of education.
Texas Masonic Lodges have been presenting the Lamar awards since 1988 to celebrate our public school teachers and students. Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas, believed that an educated citizenry was essential to the success of the Republic. He convinced the Texas Congress to set aside 18,000 acres of public land for the creation of public schools, an action that earned him the nickname "Father of Texas Education".
The third graders at Voss Farms Elementary (VFE) presented the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area with a check for $731 on April 20 after raising the money through an eco-friendly, educational experience.
Elementary schools throughout the district hold Market Days where the students learn about economics. They discuss ways products are created, assembled, advertised and sold by creating their own to market and sell.
This year, VFE third graders started by creating a flip book to teach economic vocabulary terms. Then they moved to learning about creating products with "reduce, reuse, recycle" methods in mind.
They were sent home with instructions to create items from materials they found left over at home. Parents were encouraged to not buy anything for the creation of the items to highlight the importance of the reduce-reuse-recycle method.
During the Market Day, the students had the opportunity to market and sell their items. In all, they collected $731.02 in sales.
"The response was overwhelming and the learning that took place with the students was phenomenal," said Elida Smith, third-grade English teacher at VFE. "Students understood the economic vocabulary and were correctly applying it. They were engaged and loved the experience."
The student voted on several possible places to donate the money and unanimously decided to give it to the Humane Society.
"This experience taught kids the beauty of giving," said Smith. "They made the product, they sold the product and the gave their earnings to a worthy cause."