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STAAR/EOC student results available online July 1

Texas Assessment STAAR/EOC Individual Student Results

On July 1, 2022, student STAAR 3rd-8th and EOC scores are available on the Texas Assessment website.  Below are directions to access:

  1. Visit TexasAssessment.gov
  2. Enter your child’s Unique Access Code.
  3. If you do not know your child’s code, under More Login Information, click “Lookup unique access code”.  Enter the requested information and log in.
  4. Review your child’s STAAR results and the personalized resources to support learning at home.
  5. At the beginning of the school year, discuss the test results with your child’s teacher and work together to support your child’s learning.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact your campus administrator at the start of the new school year.

El 1 de julio de 2022, estudiante STAAR 3 rd -8 el y los puntajes EOC están disponibles en el sitio web de Evaluación de Texas. A continuación se encuentran las indicaciones para acceder:

  1. Visitar TexasAssessment.gov.
  2. Ingrese el código de acceso único de su hijo.
  3. Si no conoce el código de su hijo, en Más información de inicio de sesión, haga clic en " Buscar código de acceso único ”. Ingresa la información solicitada e inicia sesión.
  4. Revise los resultados de STAAR de su hijo y los recursos personalizados para apoyar el aprendizaje en el hogar.
  5. Al comienzo del año escolar, discuta los resultados de la prueba con el maestro de su hijo y trabajen juntos para apoyar el aprendizaje de su hijo.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita más ayuda, comuníquese con el administrador de su campus al comienzo del nuevo año escolar.

NBISD names new Director of Student Services

Araceli De La Cruz named new Director of Student Services

The NBISD Administration has named Araceli De La Cruz as the new Director of Student Services. She will start her new role in NBISD on July 12.

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the community of New Braunfels, where there is a passion for growth and education is valued,” De La Cruz said. “As the Director of Student Services, I look forward to being a resource for families and staff to utilize so that we can work collaboratively towards student success.” 

De La Cruz has been in education for 22 years.  She started her career as a high school teacher in Galena Park ISD at North Shore High School. While at Galena Park ISD, she worked as a teacher, campus administrator and central office administrator for 17 years. In 2015, De La Cruz was hired as the Director of Student Services in Goose Creek CISD, where she remained for seven years.  
She attended Abilene Christian University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in History and Business. In addition, she received her master’s degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in Educational Leadership.  
De La Cruz grew up in Anahuac, Texas, as the youngest of seven siblings. Her daughter, Elise, is a sophomore at the University of Houston.  She recently married Doyle Goodwin and relocated to New Berlin. 


April Jones named new County Line Elementary Principal

April Jones named principal of County Line Elementary

The NBISD Administration has named April Jones as the new principal for County Line Elementary. She will start her new role in NBISD on July 26, 2022.

“I am humbled and honored to become a member of the County Line Elementary family and New Braunfels community,” said Jones. “I look forward to working with and serving the students, staff and community members of my new home!”

Jones has been in education for the past nine years. She began her career in education as an elementary math and science teacher at Temple ISD, a position she held for six years. She began her career in campus administration in 2019 as an assistant principal in Manor ISD. For the past two years, she has been an elementary assistant principal in Temple ISD. Last summer, she also served as the Summer School Principal and program coordinator. Prior to working in education, she worked in healthcare for four years in Louisiana and Texas.
Jones has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. 

Her past honors include being named the Campus Rookie of the Year in 2013-2014, Campus Teacher of the Year in 2018-2019, Campus Teacher of the Month, and the Rotary Club of Temple Teacher of the Month in March 2017. She has served on several committees while working at Temple and Manor ISD including the Leadership Definition Task Force, Technology Innovation Committee, School Advisory Leadership Team, District Education Improvement Committee and the Leadership Cohort. 

She is a current member of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association and a past member of the Science Teacher Association of Texas.
Jones and her husband, MSG Catron Jones, US Army, Ret., have three children - Leah is a 2021 graduate of Oklahoma State University, CJ is a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin University and Carter is a 7th grader who aspires to be a performing arts major.

Monoceras win awards at camp

Monoceras bring home awards from officers camp

The New Braunfels High School Monocera Officers went to officer camp recently and brought home a bunch of awards!


Among awards won was the Double Platinum Officer Line Awards, which is for each officer who placed in both kick and dance academy, receiving a determination and leadership award, MVT, the spirit stick and sign language award. 


Awards received by the Monocera Officers included:


Staff Invite - Colonel Milla Check


Grand Prix Turns Finalist - Colonel Milla Check


Motivator Award - Colonel Milla Check


Grand Prix Extension Finalist - Lt. Colonel Kenzi Loehr.


Grand Prix Turns Finalist - Jr. Major Alison Long


Grand Prix Leaps Finalist - Jr. Major Alison Long


Grand Prix Extension Finalist - Jr. Major Alison Long


Motivator Award - Jr. Major Alison Long


Double Platinum Officers Line - Monoceras

NBISD students win top honors in Youth Photo Contest

New Braunfels Photographic Society Youth Photo Contest Winners

The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council held the inaugural 2022 Greater New Braunfels Youth Photography Contest this spring. A total of seven students from NBISD placed in the competition including Mattie Taylor from NBHS who was selected Best in Show with her action photo titled “Strike.” 
A total of 141 photos were submitted by 32 photographers from grade 6 through grade 12 in five categories. The following students from NBISD placed in the inaugural competition. 
Best in Show
Strike by Mattie Taylor, NBHS
2nd Place: End Zone by Mattie Taylor, NBHS
3rd Place: Game Winning Touchdown by Leanne Lopez, NBHS
Honorable Mention 1: Strawberry Lime Blast by Logan Robbins, NBHS
1st Place: Rainey Girl by Mattie Taylor, NBHS
Honorable Mention 1: Itsy by Precious Ramirez, NBHS
Honorable Mention 2: Emu at the Zoo by Julia Howard, NBHS
Creative Effects:
1st Place: Mt. Baker Magnified by Hayes Marlow, ORMS
1st Place: The View by Precious Ramirez, NBHS
3rd Place: Tennessee Waterfall by Leanne Lopez, NBHS
1st Place: Major Milla by Mattie Taylor, NBHS
2nd Place: Lance Lipinsky by Natasha Morales, NBHS
3rd Place: Wide Receiver by Mattie Taylor, NBHS
Honorable Mention 1: Unicorn Pride is Justified by Mattie Taylor, NBHS

To view a slideshow of the winners and their winning entries, CLICK HERE.

NBHS students Mattie Taylor, Best in Show at 2022 Youth Photo Contest, and Leanne Lopez, 3rd Place in Action and 3rd Place in Landscape/Scenic categories.

Pictured are NBHS Commercial Photography 1 students Mattie Taylor and Leanne Lopez. Their teacher is Dan Dunn.

Hayes Marlow from ORMS. He placed 1st in the 2022 Youth Photo Contest in the Creative Effects category.
Pictured is Hayes Marlow from ORMS. He placed 1st in the Creative Effects category.


PTA Reflection winners recognized by NBISD
PTA reflection award winners were recognized by the NBISD board of trustees on June 13, 2022

New Braunfels ISD is proud to announce that 10 NBISD students have had their PTA Reflection entries selected for state-level honors. Winners were recognized during an NBISD Board of Trustees meeting that was held on June 13, 2022.


The Texas PTA received entries for state-level judging and awarded students across the state with honors. The 10 students were selected as Texas PTAs Reflection Award Winners or State Qualifiers:


Macy Adam, Seele Elementary, State Honorable Mention, Intermediate Dance and State Award of Merit in Intermediate Music

Hailey Jobes, Lamar Elementary, State Qualifier in Intermediate Literature

Payton Leinneweber, New Braunfels Middle School, State Honorable Mention in Middle School Literature

Rian Weddel, NBHS, state qualifier in High School Literature

Conner Dietz, County Line Elementary, State qualifier in Primary Photography

Alexis Shcultz, Seele Elementary, state qualifier in Intermediate Photography

Jaxon Barth, New Braunfels Middle School, state qualifier in middle school photography and State Award of Excellence in Middle School Visual Arts

Wesley Adam, Seele Elementary, State Award of Excellence in Primary Visual Arts

Macey Parrish, Voss Farms Elementary, State Award of Merit in Intermediate visual Arts

Safiya Ahmed, NBHS, state qualifier in High School Visual Arts


This year the theme was “I will change the world by…” 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.


Pictured: Macey Parrish, Macy Adam, Wesley Adam and Safiya Ahmed are honored during a June 13, 2022 Board of Trustees meeting. At right is trustee John E. Tucker.


LINK TO PHOTO GALLERY: https://www.smugmug.com/app/organize/Fine-Arts/2021-22-PTA-Reflections-Contest

PTA reflection winners are recognized during board of trustees meeting

Soccer academic all state teams announced

Eight New Braunfels High School girls soccer players have been named to the academic all-state team for the 2021-22 season. The recognitions of academic all state comes from the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches, also known as TASCO.

The eight Lady Unicorns named to the academic all-state team were: Alura Calder, Aryssa Camenisch, Leila Coronado, Payton Matthews, Kylie Mish, Claire Myers, Emory Poirier and Jayden Valadez.


Three New Braunfels High School boys soccer players have been named to the academic all-state team for the 2021-22 season.

The three Unicorns named to the academic all-state team were: Jackson Bendele, Dario Sassenhagen and Gannon Williams.


To be nominated for Academic All-State, a student must be:

  • An athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing with the team

  • Of good moral character

  • A senior

  • Have an overall grade point average of 92 or above (including courses from grades 9-11 and courses completed from grade 12). Weighted GPAs accepted.

Dr. Gina Christenson joins NBISD

Gina Christenson named Director of Curriculum for NBISD

The NBISD Administration has named Dr. Gina Christenson as the new Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum Development, a position that will be vacant due to the retirement of Lori Gruwell. Christenson is currently employed with Harlandale ISD as the principal at Carroll Bell Elementary. She will start her new role in NBISD on July 1, 2022.

In this director position, she will supervise and manage the curriculum specialist and serve as an instructional leader in the development and improvement of curriculum design, instructional materials and pedagogy. She will also plan and coordinate district professional learning and development opportunities for district staff. 

Christenson shares that she has a deep love for learning and always views herself as a “teacher” first and foremost. She believes all students can learn, excel, and achieve- given the right tools and learning opportunities the possibilities are endless! Christenson shares, “I am honored to be part of the Unicorn family in New Braunfels ISD. New Braunfels ISD is committed to student learning, and I wholeheartedly want to be part of the NBISD mission that includes “Every Student, Every day!”. Supporting the needs of such an outstanding district is quite the honor. 

Christenson has been in education for the past 28 years. During her career, she was a high school teacher, education specialist, campus administrator and principal. For the past three years, she has served as an elementary principal in Harlandale ISD. For the seven years prior, she worked as a campus administrator at two elementary schools in North East ISD and for eight years as an education specialist with the Education Service Center - Region 20 in San Antonio. For the first 10 years of her career, she worked as a high school science teacher at North East ISD and at a public school in North Carolina and Hawaii. 

She has a bachelor’s degree in Science Education from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree in Education from North Carolina State University. She also earned a second master’s degree in Education Administration from Lamar University and her doctorate in Education from Concordia University. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 1998 and has her principal certification. 

She and her husband, Chad, have two daughters - one attending college at Texas A&M and one entering 6th grade.

NBISD welcomes new Director of Financial Services

The NBISD Administration welcomes Jose Betancourt as the district’s new Director of Financial Services. In this position, he will provide the managerial coordination of financial and business affairs of the district including accounting, payroll, purchasing, and risk management. Betancourt began his new position in May 2022.

“I am a product of Hebbronville High School in Hebbronville, Texas, home of the mighty longhorns,” said Betancourt. “Growing up in our small community instilled in me a sense of pride and ownership in any issue I was tasked with. I enjoy working in public education and see it as my mission to ensure the needs of our most valuable resource and hope for our future are met.”

Betancourt is an accomplished leader with experience in both the public and private sectors. His financial management experience includes more than 11 years of working in Texas public school finance. He most recently worked as the Director of Finance and Support Services for Riviera ISD in Riviera, Texas for the past 11 years. Prior to working in public school finance, he worked as the Chief Deputy for the Kleberg County Clerk’s Office in Kingsville, Texas, for two years and four years in banking at the International Bank of Commerce.

Betancourt has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. For the past nine years, while working in Riviera, the district received a “Superior Rating,” the top rating given, from the Texas Education Agency for the management of the district’s finances. 

He and his family are looking forward to a new beginning in one of the most beautiful parts of the Texas hill country - New Braunfels, Texas. 

NBISD to hold Public Meeting to discuss finances

Public Hearing to discuss budget and proposed tax rate June 13 at 7 PM NBISD Boardroom

The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a Public Meeting to discuss the 2022-2023 Budget and Proposed Tax Rate at 7 p.m. on June 13.


Additionally, a Public Hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on June 13 to discuss 2022-2023 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated Grant applications. Both public meetings will be held in the NBISD Administration Center Boardroom, located at 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, Texas 78130. 

The purpose of the public hearing to discuss the school district’s budget is to determine the tax rate proposed for adoption. NBISD residents are invited to participate in the discussion.
The district has posted the official notice of this public meeting with a proposed tax rate of $1.19540 per $100 property valuation for the 2022 tax year. The combined tax rate includes a tax rate of $0.85460 for Maintenance and Operation (M&O) and $0.3408 for Interest and Sinking (I&S). 
The Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate can be viewed online. CLICK HERE 
The public hearing gives taxpayers insight into the proposed tax rate. According to NBISD Assistant Superintendent Finance and Operations Dr. Clint McLain, the proposed combined tax rate is lower than last year’s combined rate of $1.19780 and will not be approved on June 13. The combined tax rate will not exceed the proposed amount presented during the public hearing.  
The public hearing regarding the ESSA Consolidated Grant applications is required to allow public oversight and input. Eligible programs include Title I, Part A, Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Title I, Part C, Migrant Education Program;  Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund; Title III, English Language Acquisition; and Title IV, Safe and Healthy Students. The information regarding the public notice can be viewed under Required Postings. CLICK HERE
The public hearings will be held in conjunction with the regular Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. The agenda will include action items related to adopting the 2022-2023 budget. The official order adopting the tax rate will be voted on in August during a Board meeting.

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