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New NBISD Administration Center opens Oct. 28

In October 2016, New Braunfels ISD purchased the properties located in the 1000 block of North Walnut. The buildings were previously known as the Wells Fargo Building (1000 N. Walnut) and Seele Plaza (1040 N. Walnut). After months of planning and renovations, both buildings are near completion and ready to become the NBISD Administration Center. 
The smaller building, formerly knowns as Seele Plaza, has been occupied since May. The larger building, formerly the Wells Fargo building, will open on Oct. 28. 
As part of the opening, the NBISD Board of Trustees hosted their first meeting in the new Boardroom on Oct. 21 with a Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m. followed by a regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. The new Boardroom has more seating capacity and improved technology. All NBISD meetings are open to the public. The meeting agendas can be viewed online at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=46901
As the district grows, so did the need for more administrative space. The building is designed to allow for the growth of the departments that oversee the administrative functions of the district.
The following NBISD administrative departments are currently housed in the NBISD Education Center located at 430 W. Mill Street and will relocate to the new NBISD Administration Center:
Business Office
Career & Technical Education
Community Education
Curriculum & Instruction
English Language Learners
Health Services
Human Resources
Special Education
Superintendent's Office
Student Services
The NBISD Education Center, constructed in 1914, will remain operational as a training and meeting facility for NBISD.

NBHS announces Homecoming court, activities

NEW BRAUNFELS, TXDuring the week of Oct. 21-25, New Braunfels High School will celebrate homecoming week in preparation for the homecoming game against the San Marcos Rattlers on Oct. 25. NBHS has announced their homecoming court and will hold dress-up days during the week.


Homecoming Court

Ninth Grade Center Court:  Veronica Peiterson and Elijah Gonzales

Sophomore Duchess: Jayden Valadez

Sophomore Duke: Zane Villarreal

Junior Princess: Taylor Burrell

Junior Prince: Elliott Hagelman

Queen Candidates: Peyton Brzozowski, Stacy Cos, Alexandra Francone, and Kimberlie Garza

King Candidates: Mitchell Correia, Clay Coronado, Bryson Dyer and Lucas Trosper


Homecoming Activities


Oct. 21

Back to the future! Decades day


Oct. 22

Lilo & Stitch - Hawaiian day


Oct. 23

The Sand Lot – Jersey day


Oct. 24

That 70’s Show – Hippie day

Freshman A & B Football at Unicorn stadium starting at 5 p.m. followed immediately by the Candlelight Pep Rally (around 7:30 p.m.).


Oct. 25 - Homecoming Day

Friday Night Lights – Homecoming gear!

Varsity Volleyball at 5:30 p.m. at Clemens High School

Varsity Football game at 7:30 p.m. at Unicorn Stadium


Varsity football pre-game includes: National Anthem sung by two students; Homecoming Court Ceremony will be held during halftime following the performance by the San Marcos High School Band. The Jr. cheerleaders from the Oct. 19 cheer clinic will be performing with the cheerleaders during the 3rd quarter and the NBHS Class of 1989 will be in attendance for their 30th class reunion.

NBHS homecoming court: (left to right) Front row: Taylor Burrell, Alexandra Francone, Peyton Brozowski, Lucas Trosper, Clay Coronado, Kimberlie Garza, Mitchell Correia, Zane Villarreal, Jayden Valadez; Back row, Elliott Hagelman, Bryson Dyer, Stacy Cos                                                         

NBHS homecoming court: (left to right) Front row: Taylor Burrell, Alexandra Francone, Peyton Brozowski, Lucas Trosper, Clay Coronado, Kimberlie Garza, Mitchell Correia, Zane Villarreal, Jayden Valadez; Back row, Elliott Hagelman, Bryson Dyer, Stacy Cos

NBHS 9th Grade Center homecoming court: Elijah Gonzales and Veronica Peiterson

NBHS 9th Grade Center homecoming court: Elijah Gonzales and Veronica Peiterson

NBHS Theatre Fall Production opens Oct. 22

39 Steps at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 & Oct. 26 in the NBHS Auditorium. Admission is $5.a

The NBHS Theatre Department presents Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" in the NBHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Oct. 26. Admission is $5. For more information, email jforsyth@nbisd.org.


NBISD celebrates National School Lunch Week Oct. 14-18

National School Lunch Week October 14-28


NBISD schools are celebrating National School Lunch Week from Oct. 14-18. National Bring Your Parents to Lunch Day will be held on Oct. 16. All parents are encouraged to join their child at school for lunch.


This week-long celebration event was created to bring attention to the program that services 30 million children each day. This year’s theme, “School Lunch: What’s Your Playlist?,” spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up healthy menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization.


“National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program and the appealing variety of choices in the cafeteria,” said Ashley West, head chef for the NBISD Child Nutrition program. “The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has been fueling students for success for more than 70 years and we hope to see a lot of parents join us for this year’s parent event.”


The “School Lunch Playlist” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtags #NSLW19, #SchoolLunchPlaylist and #SchoolLunch. For more information on National School Lunch Week visit https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.

NBISD offering Flu Shot Clinics at all schools



New Braunfels ISD has partnered with Health Hero America to offer in-school flu shot clinics for all students The clinics will rotate to all NBISD schools November 5-7 during the school day. 

The consent form is available in paper format in English and Spanish. Please return the consent form to your child’s campus no later than Friday, Nov. 1. 



A common question and concern most parents have is, “Can the flu shot cause my child to get the flu?” Some facts regarding the flu shot are listed below. 

The flu shot:

  • cannot cause the flu as the shot does not contain the live virus

  • is the #1 defense against the flu according to the CDC

  • protects against four (4) flu strains

  • does not contain any harmful chemicals

Below is a schedule of the flu clinics:

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Veramendi ES, Lone Star ECC, NBHS Ninth Grade Center and Oak Run MS

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Seele ES, Lamar ES, Memorial ES, Carl Schurz ES, Walnut Springs ES and NBHS

Thursday, November 7, 2019

County Line ES, Voss Farms ES, NBMS and Klein Road ES

If you’d like to register your child for the in-school, $0 copay flu shot, please return the consent form by Friday, Nov. 1. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your school nurse.


Lions Clubs screen students for vision and hearing problems

New Braunfels Noon Lions Club member Jim Merket assists student with eyesight test


New Braunfels Area Lions Club members are providing vision and hearing screeningS for pre-Kinder to 7th grade students this fall.  Last year, the Lions tested 7000 students in the New Braunfels and Comal ISDs, as well as at local private schools.


This year they expect to screen an even greater number. The Department of State Health Services requires vision and hearing screenings of all students in pre-K, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade as well as all new students. 


“If the nurse was responsible for screening the students by herself, it would take until December,” said Karen Schwind, NBISD health services coordinator. “As a result of the assistance by the Lions Clubs, referrals can be completed early in the school year and any issues can be corrected.”


Poor eyesight affects learning, and once detected and corrected, the pathway to student success is much clearer. "We get feedback from people who were screened when they were children and they found out that they needed glasses," said Lion Ramiro Martinez. "If it hadn't been for the Lions, this would not have been brought out, and they achieved higher levels of education because their eyesight was corrected."


Testing is just the first step in better vision for students. "When a child is referred to the school nurse, and the child's parents cannot afford glasses, they can refer that child to one of the Lions Clubs in town," explained Lion Robert Allen Miller, "and we'll pay for the eye examination and glasses for the child."


Lion David Schreier noted that the Lions Club purchase of a Spot Scope Screener allows for testing of pre-Kinder students. "They just look into it. They don't have to read any letters. It shoots light into the eyes and measures it, and it can tell you if there's a defect in the eye that needs further examination."


“We as nurses are so appreciative of the Lions Club members that volunteer their time with the screenings,” said Kelsey Boyd, the nurse at Lone Star Early Childhood Center in NBISD. “Most of the time, it is our students’ first experience with a screening and the volunteers make them feel comfortable every step of the way. When I see students who were referred to an eye doctor come back with glasses it is a great feeling knowing their ability to learn has improved.  That happens with the help of the Lions Club!”

LINK TO PHOTO GALLERY: https://nbisdphotos.smugmug.com/CampusPhotos/Seele-Elementary/2019-2020-School-Year/Lions-Club-Vision-Hearing-Testing-09-24-19/



CAPTION: New Braunfels Noon Lions Club member Jim Pope assists student with eyesight test

NBHS choral student named UIL Outstanding Performer

Grace Shafer, a junior at NBHS, was named a 2019 UIL State Outstanding Performer as a choir soloist.

Grace Shafer, a junior at New Braunfels High School, has been named a UIL State Outstanding Performer based on her choral performance last June at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Competition. 

UIL only recognizes 2-percent to 3-percent of the top participants as an Outstanding Performer and awards them with a draped medal that is identical to those awarded to state champions in all UIL events. Each year, the UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest features more than 25,000 young musicians vying for a 1st Division rating at the regional level and state level of competition. 

When asked about how she felt when her Choir Director, Caitlyn Gallegos, told her about this award she said, “I was over the moon! It feels really awesome to get recognition for something you work so hard for.”

For her audition, she sang a piece called “Nur Wer Die Shensucht Kennt,” by Tchaikovsky. The song is a German piece that translates to “None but the lonely heart.”

She comes from German descent and shared that this award was extra special because of her grandpa, Poppa, who passed away a couple of months before she competed. She recalls telling him about the song while visiting him in the hospital, and did not expect him to know it. Right after she told him the name, he started singing it word for word. It was the last song he ever got to sing, and she will cherish it forever in her heart.

“One of my favorite things to do is perform,” said Shafer. “I enjoy this competition because it gives me the opportunity to perform pieces that I’m most passionate about. I look forward to what song is going to challenge me more.”

NBISD Education Foundation honor 2019 Distinguished Alumni

2019 NBISD Education Foundation Distinguished Alumni recipients Tim Kingsbury (accepting on behalf of his son, Kliff Kinsbury), Paula (Oetken) DiFonzo and Ernie Jergins were honored on Sept. 17, 2019.


The NBISD Education Foundation has inducted three new members as Distinguished Alumni during their annual banquet held Sept. 17 at the Milltown Historic District. This year’s honorees include: Paula Oetken DiFonzo, Ernie Jergins and Kliff Kingsbury.

The three alumni were also honored during halftime at the varsity football game held on Sept. 20. Kingsbury was not able to attend either event. His father, Tim Kingsbury, attend both events to be honored in his place. 

Paula (Oetken) DiFonzo – Class of 1974

DiFonzo was a member of the National Honor Society, the German Club, and the English Honor Society. Within a few short weeks after graduating from New Braunfels High School in 1974, she did something that no other female Unicorn had ever done. She joined the Inaugural Women’s Unit of the Texas A&M Corp of Cadets. While at Texas A&M, she studied Business Management, but her time in Aggieland was cut short when she married a Navy Seabee, Robert DiFonzo, and the couple was transferred to Maryland. Paula would later graduate Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting from what is now Texas State University.  

In 1981, she started as a clerk at New Braunfels Utilities in their Accounts Payable Department and quickly worked her way up to the position of Accounting Manager.  In 1994, she was promoted as the first female General Manager/CEO of New Braunfels Utilities. 

A partial list of her business leadership positions include being one of only three women to Chair the American Public Power Association, President of the Texas Public Power Association, Chair of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Association of LCRA Wholesale Customers.  

Her community accomplishments and accolades include being a Director of the United Way of Comal County and Chair of the United Way Drive. She served as a director of the McKenna Hospital Board and the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation. In 2006, Paula was inducted into the Chamber of Commerce Hall of Honor, and in 2007 the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung named her Citizen of the Year.  In 2015, she received the Robert Sohn Public Service Award. 

DiFonzo and her husband, Bob, have two sons Michael and Buddy. Although Paula DiFonzo retired as CEO of New Braunfels Utilities in 2017, she’s busier than ever.  She’s traded 40,000 customers for five grandchildren who all call her “Noni.” 

Ernie Jergins – Class of 1978

Jergins graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1978. He played football for the mighty Unicorns, and was the Senior Class President. After high school, he attended Schreiner Junior College in Kerrville and Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University.


After college, Jergins began his entrepreneur journey selling jewelry. In 1981 he opened Ernesto’s Jewelry and has been at his current location for 25+ years.  Next year, Ernesto’s will be moving to a brand new building in the same Marketplace. Jergins’ big accomplishment is growing Ernesto’s Jewelry from a flea market location to being included in the Top 2% of Independent Jewelry Stores in the U.S. His other business ventures include buying and developing properties in the New Braunfels Area such as the The Village of Hunters Creek development off 46 and Hunters Creek.


He has been involved in the following local organizations: Chamber of Commerce Board; Hope Hospice Board; New Braunfels Rotary; and the Jaycee’s. Jergins has also been awarded the following: Small Business Person of the Year 2019; Citizen of the Year 2009; and Best Retail Store by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung readers.


On a personal note, Jergins has 3 kids and 6 grandkids.  He continues to stay active playing tennis, golfing and traveling.

Kliff Kingsbury – Class of 1998

Kliff Kingsbury, 2019 NBISD Distinguished Alumni HonoreeKingsbury is a 1998 graduate of New Braunfels High School. He spent his entire childhood in New Braunfels ISD and was a gifted student and athlete.  While in high school, he was a letterman in three sports: football, track and basketball. At the same time, he graduated ranked 5th in his class of 500 students.  

Kingsbury attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management. While at Texas Tech, he played football and set 39 school records as well as 13 Big XII and 7 NCAA Division I records to become the most decorated Red Raider in history.

In 2002, Kingsbury won Big 12 Offensive Player of the year and was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy as the nation’s top quarterback. In addition, Kingsbury was also an Academic All-American and was named Academic Player of the Year nationally.  

In 2018, Kingsbury was inducted into the Texas High School Hall of Fame. Following his time at Tech, he was a sixth-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In all, he played professionally for 5 years, also seeing action in the Canadian Football League and the All-American Football League. 

In 2008, he began his coaching profession at the University of Houston. In 2012, he became the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M University and coached a Heisman Trophy winner. In 2017, he returned to his alma mater to become the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders until 2018. In January 2019, Kingsbury was named the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He is the son of Tim and Sally Kinsbury.

CAPTION:  2019 NBISD Education Foundation Distinguished Alumni recipients Tim Kingsbury (accepting on behalf of his son, Kliff Kinsbury), Paula (Oetken) DiFonzo and Ernie Jergins were honored on Sept. 17, 2019.

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