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Parent Notification: NBPD detains NBMS student for making threat

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.

Volunteers needed for elementary tutoring program

RSVP Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Peterman reads to an elementary student.

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 rcpeterman@sbcglobal.net or by calling 830-625-1835 or Barbara Weyland at bweyland.rsvp@tlu.edu or by phone at 830-379-0300.


CAPTION: RSVP Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Peterman reads to an elementary student.

School of Choice holding plant sale fundraiser

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.

NBISD Education Foundation awards nearly $44K in teacher grants

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!


Klein Road

Cathy Clark

Every BIT Counts!


Klein Road

Stephanie Green and Melissa Norton

Students Break Out!



Shirley Cabada



Walnut Springs

Marisela Lopez

Bringing Learning Alive Through Augmented Reality


Walnut Springs

Megan Conway

Hip to Be Square: Square Panda - A Multi- Sensory Phonics Learning System


Lone Star ECC

Angela Fleming

Writing Can Be fun!


Lone Star ECC

Jennifer Massie

Building a Social Foundation


Lone Star ECC

Christi Dunlap and Stacey Roff

The Magic of Movement


Lone Star ECC

Wendy Hanson and Kristen Cotton

Revolve To Evolve



Lone Star ECC

Marcie Rolandt

Got Math Fluency


Carl Schurz

Duane Trujillo



Ninth Grade Center

Bryan Mortenson, Kevin Alley, Joshua Brake, Trent Wenzel, and Tim Weste

Books: Food for the Brain!



Tanya Cameron

Creating Reading Detectives



Leisha Weidner and Melanie Bowen

Inspiring Outdoor Classrooms


Oak Run

Kristi Beabout and Autumn Redwine

Physics Smart Carts



Susan Barber, Christine Ziese, Chelsey Harvey

Sherry Harrison re-elected to 4th term on School Board

Sherry Harrison was re-elected on May 5 to serve her fourth term on the NBISD Board of Trustees for Single-Member District 5.

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:





Early Voting

Election Day


Sherry Harrison





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. 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.

Lamar students host luncheon for Eden Hill residents

Eden Hill resident John Underwood visits with Thomas Schnabel, a student at Lamar Elementary, during a luncheon held for the residents on May 1 at the school.


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.

EVENT PHOTOS: https://nbisdphotos.smugmug.com/CampusPhotos/LamarElementary/2017-Eden-Hill-Luncheon/

NBHS honors graduates at senior awards ceremony

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.


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).

Award of Excellence presented to NBHS teacher, student

Denise Ortiz is the 2018 recipient of the New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109's Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for Excellence in Education


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".

Students raise money for Humane Society through Market Day

Third graders donate to NB Humane Society


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." 

Middle school students participate in GT Expos
NBISD middle school Gifted and Talented (GT) students hosted expos for parents and each other on April 24-25 to present their GT projects they have worked on and completed throughout this school year.

Oak Run Middle School (ORMS) hosted their GT expo for parents on April 24. On the morning of April 25, ORMS invited New Braunfels Middle School's (NBMS) GT students over and presented their projects to them. Later the same day, ORMS GT students traveled to NBMS to watch their presentations. NBMS held their expo for parents that afternoon.

The expos are culminations of completed project-based learning (PBL) challenges that the students from both schools worked on during their advisory periods throughout the school year. The projects were designed to exercise creativity and problem solving skills tied to STEM, business and service concepts.

At ORMS, 6th and 7th graders participated in two projects this year, one per semester; the ORMS garden beautification and toy creation projects. The 8th graders participated in 10, including projects like Shark Tank, farmer's market days and an eco-art project.

At NBMS, 6th graders created a product, patented it and created a business plan to market it in a unit called "So You Want to be An Entrepreneur?". They also worked on advertising projects for school initiatives like anti-bullying and anti-drug campaigns.

For the spring showcase, 7th graders with Mrs. Nichols used Defined STEM to develop a small food business and also used the school's 3D printer to design and create animal prosthetics.

7th graders with Mr. Lavergne researched the history of photography and then created photo art using all the different techniques they learned.

"One group researched Fantasy Football Leagues and designed a stellar STEM project around some very complex math. It was very impressive," said Kacy Zaleski, NBMS librarian and campus GT coordinator.

The 8th graders chose a passion to pursue and created projects and presentations that showcased their career choice or "pursuit of passion".

"All the students did an amazing job on their presentations and projects for this year," said Amanda Hunt, ORMS librarian and campus GT facilitator.

CLICK HERE for photos of the expos.

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