NBISD is aware of the multitude of messages regarding possible school shootings that are being posted to various social media sites.
New Braunfels Middle School was made aware, yesterday, of a potential threat involving a certain student at that campus. That threat was investigated by NBMS administration and was reported to the New Braunfels Police Department. NBMS was also in communication with the parent of the student. It was determined that there was no credible threat.
There are many discussions that need to take place over the coming days and weeks. NBISD has been reviewing all of our safety practices, procedures, drills, and efforts to keep our campuses secure and your children safe. We intend to leave no stone unturned in this effort.
It is imperative that NBISD work cooperatively with parents, students, community members, and law enforcement to determine the best solutions for protecting our students. We have to remember that we all have the same goals.
Some things I will share with you are:
(1) New Braunfels Middle School administration will be conducting a live video announcement this morning to visit with students about the situation from yesterday and to share with students ways they can be proactive if they become aware of any kind of threat.
(2) The New Braunfels ISD Administration will be meeting with the New Braunfels Police Department, Comal County Sheriff's Department, and the Comal County District Attorney's Office to discuss and review current District, City and County practices and procedures related to school safety and to brainstorm all other possible ways that we can continue to increase security at all NBISD Campuses.
(3) We have scheduled three meetings for parents and community members to come together to meet with district and campus administrators to discuss current school safety practices and also to brainstorm all other possible ways that we can continue to increase security at all NBISD Campuses. All parents are urged to attend one of the meetings that best suit their schedule.
These meetings will be held at the following locations and times:
New Braunfels Middle School Cafeteria - Tuesday, February 27 - 6:30pm
Oak Runs Middle School Cafeteria - Wednesday, February 28 - 6:30pm
New Braunfels High School Auditorium - Thursday, March 1 - 6:30pm
(5) All campuses will be discussing school safety at staff meetings.
(6) Secondary campuses will be holding meetings with student groups to get their input on school safety.
(7) The NBISD Facilities Committee and NBISD Board of Trustees are discussing additional campus safety measures that may be considered in our next bond election.
(8) The NBISD Board of Trustees have asked for numerous items to be considered in the new NBISD Budget.
Please understand that NBISD does take every threat seriously. Every time that we feel there is credible information, it is turned over to the New Braunfels Police Department. We work cooperatively to investigate each incident.
Any time that we feel there is a credible threat, you will be notified immediately by School Messenger of the threat. We will also take any measure needed to ensure safety, including cancelling of school if we are not satisfied that the threat has been eliminated.
We have not sent notifications in instances where there is not a credible threat. We can certainly change this practice. We will ask your opinion of this practice at the parent meetings.
I also want to share with you some concerns that you should be aware of and also that need to be discussed at the parent meetings:
(1) We cannot control postings on social media. There were many things that were posted last night that were not true. These postings led to fear at multiple campuses when the incident was isolated to only one campus and that incident was not credible.
(2) Some postings urged all parents to contact New Braunfels Police Department overnight and/or administration offices this morning. Both entities will do everything we can to take information, assess threats, and take any action deemed necessary. Both entities will also answer any questions that we legally can. However, inundating NBISD and NBPD phone lines with phone calls diminishes both of our abilities to deal with real emergency calls that may be coming in.
(3) Some postings also are encouraging students to participate in walk-outs. As a district, we view peaceful walkouts as a form of free speech. However, we need to think of the implications in today's society and in the midst of what happened in Parkland, Florida last Wednesday. Do we truly want to encourage all students at a campus to walk outside of the building at the same time? What would happen if one of the students who received this message has a plan to execute a mass shooting? Does the walkout provide the perfect mass target?
I am a parent of two Texas Educators. I am also a grandparent with three grandkids attending public schools. I share the same concerns that each of you do. We have to work together cooperatively in the best interest of every one of our students and staff.
The New Braunfels ISD Board and Administration are hosting three Community Forums being Feb. 27- March 1 to gather ideas and concerns related to the safety and security in NBISD.
The Community Forums are open to parents, students and community members with the goal of gathering as much feedback related to this important topic.
Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m.
New Braunfels Middle School Cafeteria
Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Oak Run Middle School Cafeteria
Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.
New Braunfels High School Cafeteria
In addition to these forums, NBISD will be hosting sessions with employees at each campus and forming student groups at the secondary level to discuss and share ideas related to this topic.
NBISD hopes to gather new ideas, gain clarification on suggestions already being proposed and gather input on possible initiatives related to school safety and security.
It is vital that we work together to find the best solutions. With your help, we can achieve these goals.
On the 100th Day of School, observed in NBISD on Feb. 8, two elementary schools celebrated by making 100 positive phone calls.
Leading up to the 100th day of school, the teachers at Lamar Elementary and Walnut Springs Elementary were asked to nominate students that they observed doing something positive. The administrators at each campus then selected 100 students out of those nominations to receive a positive phone call at home.
“I had one grandmother call me back after see received my voicemail to make sure that it was indeed her child that I had called about,” said Taylor. “I assured her that it was her child and that he was being recognized for something positive and should be celebrated. She was very happy to receive this special call from me.”
At Walnut Springs, Principal David Lewis and Assistant Principal Maricela Lopez also split up the phone calls and were very happy with the positive feedback they received for making the calls.
“I spoke to one dad that I’m sure I made cry. At one point he got so quiet I thought I had lost him,” said Lewis. “He was very grateful for the call.”
The campuses plan to continue this initiative and to take nominations from teachers through the end of the year, so that more students will receive a positive call home.
On Saturday, February 3, 2018 New Braunfels High School students competed in the Criminal Justice Skills USA competition held in Waco with several students advancing to the state level.
Serafin King received 1st Place in the Job Skills Demonstration competition and has advanced to the state level of competition. The event is designed to evaluate the contestant’s ability to demonstrate and explain the entry-level technical skills in which they received training. King demonstrated her handcuffing technique to win top honors.
Also advancing to the state level in Job Exhibits include: (pictured left to right) Zane Mims for Forensic Sketch Artist; Larissa Maurer for Forensic Anthropology; Serafin King for Homicide Detective; Itzel Lopez Gallegos for Secret Service; and Jonathon Laurel for Military Police.
The state competition is scheduled for April 5-8 in Corpus Christi. The team sponsor is NBHS Criminal Justice Teacher Jennifer Thompson.
On Feb. 3, students in the German classes at New Braunfels High School participated in the annual Sprachfest competition held at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Several competitors placed in the Top Four that allows them to advance to the state level of competition scheduled for Feb. 23 at Texas State University.
Mason McQuillen and Daniel Weber- 1st Place, Non-traditional Gingerbread House
Phillip Armstrong - 2nd Place, Traditional Gingerbread House
Coby Albrecht, Phillip Armstrong, Zory Bednorz, Joel Bermel, Devan Brandalick, Jacob Leal, Mary Lind, Mackenzie Lusk, Joseph Pickett, and Logan Writz - 2nd Place, Polka Band
Coby Albrecht, Evan Erickson, Kadey Howard, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Foxx Sweeney - 2nd Place, Puppet Show
Evan Erickson - 3rd Place, Culture
Joseph Pickett - 3rd Place, Vocabulary
Joseph Pickett - 4th Place, Listening Comprehension
Evan Bowen - 4th Place, Original Model
Celiana Stansel - 4th Place, Prose Reading
Coby Albrecht, Phillip Armstrong, Evan Bowen, Devan Brandalick, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Celiana Stansel - 4th Place, Pass Auf! Varsity Team
Top Ten Finishers:
Hunter Little, Alec Pennings, Jenna Korpi, Nathan Bowen, Matthew Carreon - 5th Place, Pass Auf! Novice Team
Evan Bowen - 6th Place, Culture
Alec Pennings & Jenna Korpi - 7th Place, Photo Essay
Celiana Stansel - 8th Place, Culture
Matthew Carreon - 8th Place, Vocal Solo
Devan Brandalick - 9th Place, Prose Reading
Evan Erickson - 10th Place, Reading Comprehension
Celiana Stansel - 10th Place, Vocabulary
Hunter Little - 10th Place, Directed Dialogue
The club sponsor is Jennifer Bliss and the polka band director is J Flores.
The New Braunfels High School Choir will be hosting their Sixth Annual Renaissance Madrigal Dinner Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 at NBHS, located at 2551 Loop 337 N.
The event is a family-friendly event most appropriate for ages 10 and up. The event includes a three-hour, four-course dinner with entertainment provided by the NBHS Choir. This event is a fundraiser for the NBHS Choir and also includes a silent auction.
“We will be presenting a new satire this year,” said Chris Thomasson, NBHS choir director. “During dinner the servers work hard to earn your gratuity. Guests will also have the opportunity to take photos with the cast members and give alms to singing beggars.”
Guests are encouraged to dress in Renaissance attire or Sunday best. Tickets can be purchased online at unicornchoir.org. Tickets are available for $20 per person and premium tickets start at $30 per person.
Several NBHS students competed at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Region V Regional Leadership Conference and Competition held on February 2-3 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The students that placed in the Top 10 include (pictured left to right): Bryan Cendejas and Sierra Taylor, 6th in Advocacy; Alexis Newsom and Isabella Rolon, 4th in Chapter Service Project; and Hannah Loehr, 5th in Teach and Train.
During the week of Feb. 5-9, students from New Braunfels High School and the NBHS Ninth Grade Center created Valentine's Day cards for the patients at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio during their Rachel's Challenge advisory period.
Before creating the cards, the students watched a short video showing the different children in the hospital, inspiring them to write a special message on heart-shaped cards.
The students created more than 140 cards that were placed in goodie bags and sent to the children at the hospital in time for Valentine’s Day.
CAPTION: Senior Marissa Perez designing a Valentine's card during her advisory period on Feb. 6 to be delivered to a patient at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
Students at Carl Schurz Elementary are incorporating iPads in their P.E. workouts and activities.
Coach Shannon Spence puts students in pairs to complete activities that are timed using different iPad apps.
A common activity is a “personal best day” where the students are timed while doing as many repeating exercises they can in 30 seconds. They record their results on a digital worksheet.
“We do it in stations and time each other on the iPads doing push-ups and sit-ups and climbing on the rock wall,” said Noelle Alaniz, a third-grade student at Carl Schurz Elementary.
Beyond timing exercises, the students use the popular iPad fitness app Sworkit. The app allows them to pick their own workout activities while guiding them though the technique.
The students also use an app to keep score while bowling and NFL Play 60, a running and jumping game developed by the American Heart Association and the NFL.
“Trackers and other technologies are so common in today’s fitness regimens that it’s important to expose children to them,” said Coach Spence. “There is just so much out there and I want them to start thinking about it for their future.”
She added that incorporating technology in P.E. class also gives children access to resources that can help them learn new workout skills and techniques at their own pace.
“There are so many new things coming out and as they get older and become adults I want them to be able to know that they don’t necessarily have to know what to do. They can pull something up on their personal device or app and just follow it.”
On Feb. 3, a total of seven twirlers from New Braunfels High School Band competed in the Region 12 UIL Solo & Ensemble Competition at La Vernia High School with six advancing to the state competition.
Kimberley Clayburne, Bailey Flores, Katilyn Black, Mia Vllegas, Maggie Kroesche and Brooke Davis all received Superior rating and qualified to advance to the State UIL Competition. Mackenzie Poole received an excellent rating. A total of 29 twirlers representing nine high schools competed in the event.
The 2018 Texas UIL State Solo and Ensemble Competition will be held on May 26 at The University of Texas in Austin.
CAPTION: Kimberley Clayburne, Bailey Flores, Kaitlyn Black, Mackenzie Poole, Mia Villegas and Maggie Kroesche from New Braunfels High School competed in the Region 12 UIL Solo & Ensemble on Feb. 3 at La Vernia High School. Not pictured is Brooke Davis.
The New Braunfels ISD is now seeking nominations for the 2018 Silver Unicorn Award until the deadline of 4 p.m. on February 16, 2018. The Silver Unicorn, the highest honor presented by the NBISD Board of Trustees since 1965, is given annually to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the children and youth of NBISD. To date, more than 300 individuals have been presented with this prestigious award.
Nominators must complete a nomination form and include a written recommendation stating why the individual should receive this special honor. Up to three individuals will be selected by a selection committee.
Current NBISD employees are eligible to be nominated after five years of service to the district. Board members are eligible after serving a minimum of two (2) terms or six years on the Board and having completed their current term. Current Board members are not eligible. Any member of the community is eligible. The Silver Unicorn may also be presented posthumously.
Nomination forms are available online or at the NBISD Education Center, located at 430 W. Mill St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. Completed forms can be hand-delivered or mailed to the NBISD Education Center. If mailing, please postmark by February 16, 2018, and mail to ATTENTION: Silver Unicorn Award Committee.
All nominators and recipients of this year’s Silver Unicorn Award will be notified by mail of the results after March 19, 2018. The Board will recognize the recipients on April 16, 2018. For more information, call (830) 643-5705 or email email@example.com.
Visit the Silver Unicorn web page to view a list of past winners, download the nomination form, and read more information about the recognition program.