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superhero boy in front of chalkboard
Comal ISD will launch a special website that helps students maintain routines that encourage a focus on academic enrichment. The Summer Learning Opportunities website will include summer reading recommendations, suggested math activities, and other recommended academic practice tasks for students to engage in over the summer break.
Hawks Virtual Awards Banquet
CLHS Principal Kristy Castilleja commended students for their grit during the COVID-19 outbreak, which forced them out of the classroom and into the digital realm during their last year in Comal ISD.
Kyle Biedermann
Robbi and Dan Boone
The Third Annual Robbi and Dan Boone Dinner, originally scheduled for April 25, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Canyon Lake High School Class of 2020
Each graduate will be allotted five guest tickets for the ceremony at Canyon Lake High School stadium.
Frontline Nurses
These Comal ISD registered school nurses have been busy volunteering at a COVID-19 triage call center. From left: Health Services Specialist Kelli Townsend-Brooks, Garden Ridge Elementary's Nichol Burchett, Indiana Springs Elementary's Catriona Salter, and Mountain Valley Middle School's Brandy Bennett. Image by Comal ISD.
Serving school lunches during covid-19
Image courtesy of Comal ISD.
Comal ISD 19th Annual Academic Recognition Banquet
The virtual banquet celebrated the academic accomplishments of the district's top-ranking students, their parents and families, and the special educators responsible for their success. Image courtesy of Comal ISD.
MVMS Principal Angela Looney
Angela Looney is the new principal at Mountain Valley Middle School. Image courtesy of Mountain Valley Middle School.
school supplies
In May, parents and students will be able to recover personal items they left behind when schools closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comal ISD WiFi Bus
Comal ISD Safety Training Supervisor Cheryl Lessing shows off one of the seven buses ready to provide Wi-Fi connections to students throughout the district who lack internet access.
Canyon Lake High School Hawks Band
Canyon Lake Hawk Band performing before Comal ISD schools closed.
Comal ISD Residence Learning Program
There will be an expectation that students participate in the Residence Learning Program either online or via the paper packets, but Comal ISD does not want to add stress to their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comal ISD Supt. Andrew Kim
Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim, left, said the district has added to its Student Support Services website information about supporting students' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo courtesy of Comal ISD.
sandwich
Distribution will take place at the front of the campus, allowing parents to drive up and pick up the meals without getting out of their car. Parents also do not need to have their child with them or show an ID to pick up a meal.
CLHS Criminal Justice QuizBowl
Pictured are some of the award winners from the Canyon Lake High School SkillsUSA Law Enforcement Club. Collectively, the group brought home 11 medals from the SkillsUSA Texas District 10 Leadership and Skills Conference in Waco.
Canyon Lake High School student Anise Christensen
Canyon Lake High School student Anise Christensen won fourth place for her sculpture at the Rodeo Austin student art contest. Her piece will be auctioned off in March and she will receive the proceeds.
Canyon Lake Hawks swim team
Hawks are in the water in San Antonio this weekend for UIL district competition.
Mountain Valley Middle School Principal Dustin Davidsson with VFW.
Mountain Valley Middle School sponsored a Hawk Giving Tree for children-in-need. Pictured from left is Principal Dustin Davisson with VFW Post 8573 members Anna Connel, Robin McCleary, Denise Moore and Cherie McCann.
comal isd students with safety officer
Comal Independent School District Andrew Kim, who has been reappointed to Texas School Safety Center Board of Directors, considers safety and security of students one of the most-important issues facing educators. Comal ISD is engaged in a number of activities and programs that it calls “foundational initiatives” which set the stage for ensuring the district is prepared for any situation, including lockdown alert systems, student ID badges, standard response protocol, classroom go-kits and local law-enforcement partnerships.
edwards family
Eleven-year-old Brendan Edwards and his mother, Melissa, were killed in a car accident on Nov. 10. Mountain Valley Middle School Principal Dustin Davisson said the Canyon Lake community can support the Edwards family by donating funds or making meals.
Carpool Karaoke with Andrew Kim
Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim took a ride with Tiffany Newkirk, Comal ISD’s director of academic counseling, to learn more about the latest tool students can use to discover their true passions.
K9 therapy dog
Startzville Elementary students are asking for donations to support Operation K9 on Veterans Day.
canyon lake varsity hawks
Canyon Lake High School Split End / Linebacker Kyle Wharton (#42) takes down the Lampasas running back. rr[Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]
canyon lake high school paralympics
Athletes at Canyon Lake High School say they were inspired by guest speaker Kari Miller, right, who happens to be a three-time Paralympic medalist. Senior Jade Lawless got to meet the hero.
comal isd tax rate
Comal ISD Board President Jason York said this seven-cent decrease will help ease the burden of rising property values on local taxpayers.
Bass fisherwoman Abigal Spence
Smithson Valley High School student anglers Abigail Spence and Evan Velez took the second spot with a bass weighing in at 5.32 lbs. during the Texas High School Bass Association (THSBA) Hill Country Division Tournament in Lake Travis on Sept. 14.
SVHS LLS Candidates
These three Smithson Valley High School students decided to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of the group's students-of-the-year campaign. L-R: Avery Walker, 2020 candidate, P.J. O'Toole, 2017 candidate, and Kaylva Friesenhan, 2019 candidate. Friesenhan, a junior, raised $24,153 last spring.
RSVP America Reads' Cindy Peterman
RSVP America Reads' Program Coordinator Cindy Peterman is looking for retirees to work with Canyon Lake elementary students this school year.
safety resource officers
D.A.R.E. Officer Deputy Roxie Haik and School Resource Officer Deputy Robert Martinez are part of the Comal County Sheriff's Office, one of the district's key partners when it comes to safety and security.
Comal ISD students
Comal ISD earned an "A" with a score of 92 in the state's A-F accountability system according to ratings released Aug. 15 by the Texas Education Agency. More than half of Comal ISD's campuses earned an A.
Horak family
Teachers often spend their own money on classroom supplies and materials to ensure that students do not miss out on learning.However, Mrs. Johnson’s classroom at Mountain Valley Middle School will have all the supplies needed for the entire year due to the exceptional efforts of the Horak family.
Dayna Martin Specht
Specht Elementary Fifth Grader Dayna Martin is a winner, thanks to Comal ISD programs which lead the way in providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum, inspires creativity and reaches all different learners. She will attend sixth grader at Pieper Ranch Elementary this fall.
PreK students
Enrollment is limited to low-income, ESL, homeless, military, Star of Texas Award, and foster-care children. Image courtesy of Comal ISD.
Comal ISD bus driver
Do you have what it takes to be as popular as Comal ISD bus driver "Mrs. Womack," lauded on Comal ISD's Facebook page as the best-ever driver?
Abigail Redin and PTA
Texas Student Hero award recipient Abigail Redin, fourth from left, was recognized for a Parent Teacher Student Association project. From left, Smithson Valley High School PTSA President Jennifer Backlund, Texas Parent Teacher Association President Sheri Doss, Comal ISD Council of PTAs Reflections Chair Jessica McAnally, Redin, Council Vice President Tracy Molina, Comal Independent School Board Member Michelle Ross, and Council President Shirley Koop.
Chase Anderson started as a catcher and ended as a pitcher in the battle against Canyon Middle School. (image courtesy of J.C. McConnell)
JROTC
There are 135 students in Canyon Lake High School's Junior ROTC program. Recently, they competed in the grueling Island Challenge in Corpus Christi.
CLHS FFA State Champs Marketing
Canyon Lake High School's 2019 Texas FFA Marketing Plan state championship team seniors (l-r) Kenzy Hoffmann, Mackenzie Knipe and Mia Smith.
Cheer Coach Nikki Duggan is leaving Canyon Lake High School for Hays High School in Buda. In January, Canyon Lake High School cheerleaders became 4A UIL Spirit State Champions under her direction.
Comal Special Education Program
Officials with the U.S. Department of Education will visit Comal ISD this week to review its special-education program.
Comal County Corrections Officer Capt. Greg Reese
Comal County Corrections Officer Capt. Gregg Reese explains the advantages of a career with the Sheriff's Office to students enrolled in Canyon Lake High School's criminal-justice class.
Comal PTA President Shirley Koop with Andrew Kim
Comal ISD Council of PTAs President Shirley Koop, far left, and Comal ISD Supt. Dr. Andrew Kim, far right, say H.B. 281 would seriously harm programs and events that benefit all students.
MVMS Kaleidoscope Fundraiser
Enjoy a night of dance with talent from Mountain Valley Middle School.