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Parent Notification: Post regarding threat in Michigan

The following notification was sent today (March 9) to parents at the NBHS Ninth Grade Center. 


A student that recently attended the NBHS Ninth Grade Center posted on their personal Snapchat a message referencing a third-party threat against a Ninth Grade Center she attended in another state. The message was seen by students here in New Braunfels, her most-recent classmates, and has been circulated in the past few hours through social media.


We were informed of the post this afternoon and have verified with the student that the message she posted was referencing a Ninth Grade Center in Michigan and not the New Braunfels Ninth Grade Center.


The local police have been contacted regarding this threat and are currently on campus following up on the post. NBISD has also been in contact with the school in Michigan to inform them of this threat and provide assistance.


Please share with your child that this post could be misinterpreted and to not spread misinformation. The third-party threat she was referencing was towards a school in Michigan.

NBISD announces Campus Teachers of the Year

2018 NBISD Campus Teachers of the Year
2018 NBISD Campus Teachers of the Year


The New Braunfels ISD is proud to announce this year’s Campus Teachers of the Year. All of these individuals will be honored at the March 19 board meeting and will be considered for the honor of NBISD Elementary or Secondary Teacher of the Year. From that level, they will advance to the regional competition with hopes of ultimately being named a Texas Teacher of the Year. Photos of the Campus Teachers of the Year can be found online at  http://www.nbisd.org/page/dis.toty18.

Carl Schurz – Lauren Bain, Music Teacher
County Line – Jennifer Anaya, 1st Grade Teacher
Klein Road – Stephanie Green, Librarian 
Lamar – Samantha Pierdolla, 1st Grade Teacher
Lone Star Early Childhood Center – Jenny Massie, PK 4 Teacher
Memorial – Kristin Richey, 2nd Grade Teacher
Seele – Arik Truster, 4th Grade Math Teacher
Walnut Springs – Jennifer McGovern, 4th Grade Teacher
Veramendi - Dixie Gaona, P.E. Teacher
Voss Farms - Sara Wiles, Kindergarten Teacher

New Braunfels Middle School – Sara Trammell, Choir Teacher
Oak Run Middle School – Teri Sides, Reading Interventionist
NBHS Ninth Grade Center – Melissa Zuniga, English/ESL Teacher
New Braunfels High School – Cari Gray, Advanced Placement U.S. History/Dual Credit Government Teacher

"We have celebrated our extraordinary teachers with this honor for several decades," said Rebecca Villarreal, the Teacher of the Year coordinator for NBISD. "This recognition program gives us the opportunity to showcase the talented teachers we have in NBISD.”

The Teacher of the Year recognition program is intended to honor excellence in the classroom and provide a forum to showcase outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues and the community they serve. All recipients must:

• be experts in their field who guide students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence;
• collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a culture of respect and success;
• deliberately connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
• demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning;
• express themselves in an engaging and articulate way.
The announcement for the District’s Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year will be made during the week of April 9 and honored at the April 16 Board meeting.

Robotics teams compete at Regionals

NBMS Unicorn Blue & WSE robotics teams


Robotics teams from New Braunfels Middle School (NBMS) and Walnut Springs Elementary (WSE) competed with more than 60 teams around the San Antonio area in the Alamo East Division FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship on March 4 at McCollum High School.

The teams, NBMS Unicorn Robotics Blue and WSE Unicorn Robotics, were nominated for awards in the Robot Design, Core Values and Project categories. 

Both teams qualified for the competition after winning awards at the FIRST LEGO League’s Regional Qualifier on Feb. 17 at Brentwood Middle School. The teams secured their advancement to last weekend’s Regional with awards in Design: Strategy and Innovation and Project: Research.

Country Line’s robotics team, The County Line Code Breakers, also competed in the robotics portion at the Feb. 17 qualifier, but did not receive a score high enough to qualify for the regional level.

“Each team had fun and were excited about competing with the other teams from the Alamo region,” said Matthew Sargent, a volunteer robotics team coach and NBISD School Board Member. “They learned a lot of valuable information for next year.”

Middle school students compete in Tournament of Champions

Back row, left to right: Timothy Lee, Patrick Seavy, Katherine Seibert, Alyssa Velez, (front row, left to right) Bernice Hoang, Vian Ozuna and Eriana Reetz from New Braunfels Middle School placed at the UIL Academics Tournament of Champions held Feb. 24 at Corbett Junior High School. From left to right: Hunter Ford, Michelle Urbina, Sofia Murra, Chloe Downey and Summer Burnett from Oak Run Middle School placed at the UIL Academics Tournament of Champions held Feb. 24 at Corbett Junior High School.

A total of 11 students from New Braunfels Middle School and 18 students from Oak Run Middle School competed in the UIL Academics Tournament of Champions on Feb. 24 at Corbett Junior High School. These students qualified for the Tournament after placing in the Top 6 at one of the two previous meets held earlier this semester.


The Tournament of Champions consists of 13 events and is separated by grade level – 7th and 8th grade. The students competed against other students from the following schools: Canyon, Church Hill, Corbett, Dobie, Mountain Valley, and Smithson Valley. Below are the results from the Tournament.



Summer Burnett - 5th place in 8th grade Impromptu Speaking

Chloe Downey - 6th place, 8th grade Impromptu Speaking

Sofia Murra - 5th place, 8th grade Dictionary

Michelle Urbina - 2nd place, 8th grade Listening

Hunter Ford - 2nd place, 8th grade Science


Other competitors from NBMS include: Olivia Hand, Kalyn Unruh, Haley Brandt, Samuel Smith, Cameron Harrison and Cheyenne Sweet



Bernice Hoang - 1st place, 7th Grade Calculator

Alyssa Velez - 3rd place, 8th Grade Calculator

Timothy Lee - 6th place, 8th Grade Calculator

Eriana Reetz - 4th place, 7th Grade Ready Writing

Katherine Seibert - 1st place, 8th Grade Science

Vian Ozuna - 2nd place, 7th Grade Social Studies

Patrick Seavy - 6th place, 8th Grade Social Studies 


Other competitors from ORMS include: Katie Alkire, Sylvie Elrod, Jensen Harvey, Tyler Jones, Ryan Reed, Seth Underwood, Aylssa Velez, Ellen Wagner, Katie Wartsbaugh, Maddie Wartsbaugh and Rian Weddel


A special thank you to the following team coaches from the two schools for all of their time and effort this competition season.



Calculator - Lynda McLean

Dictionary and Listening Skills - Noel Balcar

Impromptu Speaking and Modern Oratory - Candace Dozier

Maps, Graphs and Charts and Mathematics - Judy Griscom

Number Sense - Melinda Kniseley

Oral Reading and Spelling - Shaina Ryan

Ready Writing - Alisa “Winki” Smith

Science - Kyle Adams

Social Studies - Kim Nichols

Coordinator - Brian Pfeiffer



Ready Writing - Amanda Hunt

Science - Allison Goodpasture

Oral Reading - Alexis Durham

Maps, Charts, Graphs - Phil Jones

Calculator, Number Sense and Mathematics- Kristen Bryant

Spelling - Mary Patterson

Listening - Cappy Adams

Impromptu Speaking - Shannon Duffy

Social Studies - Norma Cowan

Dictionary - Lisa Frisbie

Modern Oratory - Jenna Madrigal, UIL Campus Coordinator



TOP LEFT PHOTO - From left to right: Hunter Ford, Michelle Urbina, Sofia Murra, Chloe Downey and Summer Burnett from Oak Run Middle School placed at the UIL Academics Tournament of Champions held Feb. 24 at Corbett Junior High School.


TOP RIGHT/SECOND PHOTO - Back row, left to right: Timothy Lee, Patrick Seavy, Katherine Seibert, Alyssa Velez, (front row, left to right) Bernice Hoang, Vian Ozuna and Eriana Reetz from New Braunfels Middle School placed at the UIL Academics Tournament of Champions held Feb. 24 at Corbett Junior High School.

NBHS student named National Merit Finalist

NBHS Senior Clancy Forlano


New Braunfels ISD is proud to announce Clancy Forlano, a senior at New Braunfels High School, has been named as a National Merit® Finalist through the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
Clancy Forlano has attended NBHS for all four years of his high school career. He has been a member of the Mighty Unicorn Band for four years and served two years as the trumpet section leader.

He is also a four-year member of the Marine Corps JROTC and served as the Company Executive Officer. He also participated in UIL Academics for four years and competed in the Current Events and Social Studies competitions.

For the past seven years he has been a Boy Scout and recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Outside of school, he is involved with the First United Methodist Youth Group.

He plans to attend Texas A&M University. He is the son of Richard and Kyle Forlano.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) – a test that serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
The national scholarship programs recognize students from all over the country for outstanding academic achievement by making a high score on the PSAT/NMSQT®. Students in the National Merit® Program are selected from the highest achievers and designated as either a Commended Students or Semifinalist in the first round. Only semifinalists advance to the final round to be named National Merit Finalist. In February, approximately 15,000 Semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. Out of the Finalists, students are chosen to receive Merit Scholarships based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments – without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference. 
For more about this scholarship program, go to http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php

National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is March 5–9
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was created to celebrate breakfast and emphasize the benefits of eating it at school.

To encourage students to participate in school the national effort, there will be activities throughout the week to encourage eating breakfast at each elementary school.

During NSBW, each student will receive a sticker when they eat breakfast at school. The students will place that sticker on their designated class poster that corresponds with a colored plate. Each plate will be labeled Monday – Friday. At the end of the week, all of the plates should be full!

The classroom with the most breakfast participation will be rewarded with a party like an ice cream social or pizza party, on a teacher approved date.

The NSBW campaign is organized by the School Nutrition Association.

More information about campagin can be found here: https://schoolnutrition.org/meetings/events/nsbw/2018/

NBHS students place at Texas State German Contest

Several New Braunfels High School students participated in the Texas State German Contest held at Texas State University on Feb. 24.

On Feb. 24, students in the German classes at New Braunfels High School participated in the Texas State German Contest held at Texas State University.


Each year, Texas State German Contest hosts more than 60 schools and more than 1,000 students competing for State titles To advance to the State Level, competitors must place in the Top 5 for each event at their regional meet (Houstonfest, Sprachefest and Winterfest).


Several competitors placed in the Top 4 at the Texas State German Contest and will be recognized by the NBISD Board of Trustees for their accomplishment.


The state winners include:

Mason McQuillen and Daniel Weber- 4th Place, Non-traditional Gingerbread House

Coby Albrecht, Evan Erickson, Kadey Howard, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Foxx Sweeney , Kami Williams - 2nd Place, Puppet Show


The Top Ten Finishers include:

Phillip and Mark Armstrong – 9th in Traditional Gingerbread House

Evan Bowen – 6th in Original Model

Coby Albrecht, Evan Bowen, Devan Brandalick, Mark Armstrong, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Celiana Stansel – 8th in Pass Auf! Varsity

Coby Albrecht, Devan Brandaick, JT Bermel, Mary Lind, Zory Bednorz, Logan Writz, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Mackenzie Lusk – 6th in Polka Band.

Celiana Stansel – 10th in Prose Reading

Joseph Pickett – 8th in Vocabulary


The club sponsor is Jennifer Bliss and the polka band director is J Flores.

Students get hands-on experience at Insect Expo


New Braunfels ISD fourth-graders attended the Insect Expo at the McKenna Children’s Museum on Feb. 20-21.

The event was organized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in collaboration with the Comal County Master Gardeners and many local volunteers.

The students got hands-on experience with insects and were able to participate in activities like an insect petting zoo, cockroach races and even the chance to try insect-based treats. Other activities included an insect “crime scene", maggot art and a many creative insect-related arts and crafts.

In total, there were more than 20 stations that taught the students about insect life cycles, pollination, beneficial and invasive insects, natural recycling, beekeeping, bug camouflage, aquatic insects and more.

The expo covered many science TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) that the state requires fourth-graders to know.

Molly Keck, an entomologist from the Bexar County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, helped organize the Insect Expo.

“We took efforts to develop displays and activities that were in line with state standards for fourth-graders in preparation for next year’s STAAR test in science,” she said. “We also wanted to make the displays fun and engaging for the students so we could keep their attention and they could enjoy the experience of learning.”

This was the first year the Insect Expo was held in New Braunfels. The event was provided at no cost to the students.

Annual Battle of the Bluebonnets on March 21

The ninth annual Battle of the Bluebonnets is scheduled for March 21 in the New Braunfels High School auditorium starting at 9:15 a.m. The morning-long event will run in a quiz-bowl format.

The competition will be available as a live stream and will be archived on the New Braunfels ISD YouTube channel.


The teams are comprised of five students in grades 4-5. The school librarian serves as the coach for each team. Students compete at the campus level to earn a spot on the team. The teams spend several weeks preparing for the event and must be familiar with select books from the Texas Bluebonnet Award List.

The brackets are set up in double eliminations rounds. During each round, the teams are asked 25 questions based on the books and they must answer with the title of the book.  The teams have opportunities to get extra points by naming the author and also steal points if the opposing team answers incorrectly.

Planning for the event starts a year in advance and is designed to encourage reading. Each spring, the master list of Bluebonnet Books for the next school year are released and can be found at http://www.txla.org/TBA.

Wild Things Zoofari visits Walnut Springs Elementary


Exotic animals filled the gym at Walnut Springs Elementary (WSE) when the Wild Things Zoofari came to visit students on Feb. 15.

Each grade experienced a personalized presentation featuring animals from around the world. The presentations showcased a red ruffed lemur, fennec fox, kangaroo, toucan, kinkajou and porcupine.

Leading the show was Zoofari’s Courtney Pineda. Pineda has been running Zoofari for more than seven years with the goal of focusing on animal education while entertaining children with the spectacle of an up-close encounter.

“A lot of these kids don’t even get to go to the zoo so they don’t get to see these animals other than in TV or cartoons,” she said. “I want them to appreciate them on a different level and know what it actually takes to take care of them and hopefully encourage them to want to do things like travel the world to save them.”

The presentations introduced students to concepts like endangered species and ecological conservation. These concepts, along with facts about the animals’ habitat and living habits tie into the school’s science curriculum.

“One of our science coordinators was able to give us some ideas on what animals for Zoofari to bring to hit on our science TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills),” said David Lewis, WSE principal.

The presentations concluded with each student getting the opportunity to pet a baby kangaroo.

The school’s PTA sponsored the visit by Zoofari. 


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