Leah Droddy named new principal for Seele Elementary in SY 2017-18

NBISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba is happy to announce that Leah Droddy will be the new principal at Seele Elementary for the 2017-2018 school year. She is currently serving as the assistant principal at Seele. She will be filling the vacancy left by Duane Trujillo who will become the principal at Carl Schurz Elementary in the fall.


Droddy has been an educator for the past 17 years and joined the NBISD family in 2007. She worked as an elementary teacher in NBISD for seven years at both Lamar Primary and Klein Road Elementary before becoming the assistant principal at Seele in 2014. Prior to working for NBISD, she was an elementary teacher for Goose Creek ISD in Baytown, Texas, for seven years.


She has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Education in Educational Administration both from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Her leadership experience also includes serving as the NBISD Summer School Principal Substitute in 2014, a mentor for the University of Houston Internship Program and a District New Teacher Mentor.


She and her husband, Robert Droddy, reside in New Braunfels with their two young children.

NBHS One Act Play wins 1st place at zone competition

Congratulations to NBHS Theatre Arts students and their director, Jennifer Forsythe, for an outstanding performance in the zone competition of the UIL One Act Play held on March 8. They walked away with 1st place and the following individual awards:

Savannah Pack - Honorable Mention

Pedro Uribe - All Star Cast

Ben Harmon - Best Actor

Allie Heath - Best Actress

Sloane Frederick - Honorable Mention Tech Award 

Their production of Over the River and Through the Woods was produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. The students will be competing today (March 21) in the next round of competition at Smithson Valley High School. The competition begins at 1 p.m. and they will be third to perform.

NBISD hosting two Dual Language Program Parent Interest Meetings

New Braunfels ISD will be holding two information meetings for the parents of 2017-2018 kindergartners who are interested in having their child in the NBISD Dual Language Program. Parents are invited to attend one of the meetings being held at the following times and locations:


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Carl Schurz Elementary

630 W. Coll St.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Walnut Springs Elementary

1900 S. Walnut Ave.


The meeting will cover the same information at both sessions. For the 2017-2018 school year, the Dual Language program will have two campuses that house the Dual Langauge Program. Carl Schurz Elementary will be the host campus for students zoned for Carl Schurz, Lamar, Seele or Veramendi. Voss Farms will be the host campus for students that live in the Voss Farms, Klein Road, Walnut Springs, Memorial and County Line attendance zones.

For more information, email Lupita Arteritano at larteritano@nbisd.org or call 830-643-5738.

NBISD hosting Pre-Kinder Roundup April 5

New Braunfels ISD is hosting their Pre-Kindergarten Roundup for the 2017-2018 School Year on April 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. New Braunfels ISD children, who will be either 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017, AND meet state and federal Pre-kindergarten and/or BCFS/HeadStart eligibility requirements may register at the appropriate time and location.

In August 2017, NBISD will reopen Lone Star Elementary as Lone Star Early Childhood Center to service all of the district’s pre-kindergarten students. NBISD will be registering both 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds for a full-day pre-kindergarten program to be housed at the Lone Star Early Childhood Center.

“We are very excited to open Lone Star Early Childhood Center in the fall for our youngest learners,” said Heather Salas, the campus principal. “We are working hard to create a fun and nurturing environment filled with play, learning and laughter.”

Pre-Kinder Registration for 3-year-olds (as of Sept. 1, 2017)

Students must qualify for Pre-K through BCFS/HeadStart. The BCFS Education Services Office can be reached at 830-331-8908 and is located at 2386 W. San Antonio St, New Braunfels, Texas, across from Lone Star Elementary. Packet pick up for the 3-year-olds will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20-24 at the BCFS Education Services Office. Registration will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 5, 2017, at Lone Star Elementary.

Pre-Kinder Registration for 4-year-olds (as of Sept. 1, 2017)

The 4-year-old program will be full day and is open to any student.  NBISD also has tuition spots available in the 4-year-old program.  Packet pick up for the 4-year-olds will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20-24 at Lone Star Elementary, located at 2343 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, Texas. Registration will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 5, 2017, at Lone Star Elementary.

This pre-registration event will allow parents to complete/submit Pre-K eligibility documents, review paperwork, ask questions regarding registration and register their child if all of the proper paperwork is submitted. Once a student is enrolled in Pre-K, school attendance is mandatory. It is not a drop-in or day care program.

To verify your attendance zone, call the NBISD Transportation Department at (830) 627-6150. For more information, visit http://www.nbisd.org/page/dis.prekreg or call 830-643-5700.

NBISD Kindergarten Roundup set for April 6

NBISD will host their annual Kindergarten Roundup from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 6, 2017, at all of the district’s elementary schools. New Braunfels ISD children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017, are eligible to begin kindergarten during the 2017-2018 School Year.


This pre-registration event will allow parents to review paperwork, ask questions regarding registration and register their child if all of the proper paperwork is submitted. Registration paperwork may be picked up during the week of March 20-24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at any elementary campus or downloaded on the district’s website at http://www.nbisd.org/page/dis.kinderreg.


Items You Will Need:

State-issued Birth Certificate - You can obtain a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate from the Comal County Clerk’s Office in the County Annex Bldg., located at 150 N. Seguin, Ste. 101, in Downtown New Braunfels. Parents can also request a copy online at www.texas.gov under the Vital Statistics link.

Social Security Card – Must be the child’s card.

Immunization Record – Record of all immunizations and/or boosters. Documentation must have the physician’s signature or clinic stamp. Month, day and year must be recorded for each shot.

Residency Verification – When you enroll your child, you must provide your Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID which lists your current address and at least one of the following documents to prove you live within the New Braunfels ISD (address on ID and document must match):

NBU bill

CenterPoint Energy bill

GVEC or CPS bill

Lease Agreement (listing all occupants) with signatures of landlords and leasees

Mortgage Agreement

Notarized letter from your landlord (listing all occupants)


To verify your attendance zone, call the NBISD Transportation Department at (830) 627-6150.


RELATED LINK: http://www.nbisd.org/page/dis.kinderreg

NBMS choirs win sweepstakes trophy



The New Braunfels Middle School Varsity Men's Choir and Varsity Treble Choir competed in the Region 12 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest on Feb. 28 and March 1, respectively, and each won a Sweepstakes Trophy.

Each group performed a concert of three song selections prepared in advance for a group of judges. Immediately following their performance, the choirs went directly in to perform a Sightreading selection they had never seen.  Each choir received the highest rating possible from every judge in both events earning them a Sweepstakes trophy.  

The choirs are under the direction of Sara Trammell and accompanied on the piano by Mary Clayton-Smith.

The Oak Run Middle School choir also competed and earned a Superior Rating in Concert as well as an Excellent Rating in Sightreading.

“I am very pround of this group of mostly 7th graders that competed at the 8th grade varsity level,” said Chris Thomasson, ORMS choir director. “We knew that it would be tough this year, but each student rose to the occasion.” 

Lamar students create Month of Caring

A group of fourth-grade students from Lamar Elementary (pictured above) recently visited the Assisted Living Residence at Eden Hill to spend time with the residents, play games and give hugs. The fourth-graders along with the school’s fifth graders are spending the month doing random acts of kindness with a focus on helping the elderly populations.

The entire school is in the middle of the Lamar Month of Service, an initiative that began after students were fired up after a successful fundraiser held earlier this semester. They are using a five-step method they were taught during the fundraiser that includes the following steps: 1) Find a Need; 2) Make a Plan; 3) Rally a Team; 4) Launch it Now; and 5) Grit it Out.

The kindergartners and first-graders have been focusing on helping animals and the second-graders and third-graders are helping young children.

“All of the students decided how they wanted to help others in a group or individually,” said Candace Barnes, the Lamar counselor that is helping the students with their initiatives.  “The students are visiting animal shelters, serving as book buddies to younger children and the older kids are volunteering at retirement communities like Eden Hill.”

NBISD selects new Carl Schurz Elementary principal for 2017-2018

Duane Trujillo has been named the new principal at Carl Schurz Elementary for the 2017-2018 school year. This announcement came after the current principal, Kimberly Brann, announced last week that she would become the new Director of Language Learner Programs for NBISD beginning July 1.

Trujillo is the current principal at Seele Elementary, a post he has held for the past year. Prior to this position, he served eight years as the principal at Memorial Elementary, one of NBISD's Dual Language campuses. 

“Dual Language has always had a special place in my heart because I was a student who's second language was English,” said Trujillo. “I know the struggles of an English Language Learner and I want to continue to help children with language acquisition.”

He has been with NBISD for the past 12 years and also worked as an instructional specialist and assistant principal. He has been an educator for 19 years and previously worked for Austin ISD and San Marcos CISD.

NBHS's Micah Stark named National Merit Finalist

New Braunfels ISD is proud to announce Micah Stark, a senior at New Braunfels High School, has been named as a National Merit® Finalist through the National Merit® Scholarship Program.

Micah Stark has attended NBHS for the past four years. Stark is a two-year member of the National Honor Society, a two-year member of the Science Olympiad team and a four -year member of the NBHS Band currently serving as the current Brass Captain.  Stark is also a member of the Boy Scouts of America and a two-year member of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio.

“The teachers I had my junior year prepared us for the test,” said Stark. “My accomplishment is more a testament to them than it is to me.”

When asked that he would say to another student aspiring to achieve this same level of distinction, he said “Test scores do matter, so prepare as much as you can. Even if you don’t receive distinctions, you will have bettered yourself from the preparation.”

Stark plans to attend Northwestern University or Indiana University to study music performance with hopes of becoming an orchestral musician. He is the son of Denise Nelson and David Stark.

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.

NBISD announces new Director of Language Learner Programs

New Braunfels ISD has announced that beginning July 1, 2017, Kimberly Brann, will begin a new role as the Director of Language Learner Programs for NBISD. Lupita Arteritano currently holds the position, but will be retiring in June. Brann currently holds the position of principal at Carl Schurz Elementary, one of the NBISD’s Dual Language campuses.

Brann joined NBISD in July 2015 as the principal at Carl Schurz Elementary. During this time, she has worked closely with the district’s Limited English Proficient (LEP) population as principal of one of the NBISD’s Dual Language campuses. Before coming to NBISD, Brann worked at schools in both Seguin ISD and Comal ISD that serviced a high population of LEP students. Brann herself is the child of a native Spanish speaker.

“I have always had a passion to serve our LEP families and that is part of the reason I became a public school teacher,” said Brann. “After serving in various roles as a teacher and administrator, I am very excited about this opportunity to make a greater impact on the lives of the students and families we serve.”

Brann is an experienced administrator and educator with nearly 20 years of experience in education. She began her teaching career as a 4th grade teacher in New York State after working 10 years in the banking and accounting industry. She returned to Texas in 2001 and taught middle school and 4th grade in Seguin ISD and 7th and 8th grade math in Comal ISD before she became a campus administrator in 2008.

She has a Master of Education and Community Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Texas State University.  She is the daughter and granddaughter of educators. Both her parents taught in public school for a combined total of nearly 70 years, and her grandmother taught home economics for many years.  

NBISD has three candidates file for school board positions

New Braunfels ISD has received applications from three candidates seeking election for two open seats on the NBISD Board of Trustees. Two candidates – Jose “Joe” Terrones and Michael Calta – have filed for the District 2 position and Matthew Sargent has filed for the District 4 position. The school board election date is set for May 6, 2017.

District 2 Candidates

Jose “Joe” Terrones is a retired Army Officer with 25 years of distinguished military service.  After his retirement from the Army he continues to serve by working for the Department of Defense as a Civil Service Federal Employee. Terrones has a three post-graduate degrees and is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church ACTS group, a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW), Disable American Veterans (DAV) and a life member of the Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F. & A.M.

Terrones decided to run for the school board to make a difference for kids, the community, and to help shape the future of education in NBISD.

He and his wife, Barbara, have two children attending NBISD. They have resided in New Braunfels since 2005.


Michael Calta is a Real Estate Broker/Investor that moved to New Braunfels six years ago. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the NBISD Facilities Planning Committee and as the Board President of The Oasis at Lake Dunlap HOA. From 2004 to 2010, he served as a school board member for the Chino Valley Unified School District and held the office of President, Vice President and Clerk.

Calta decided to run for school board out of gratitude for the way NBISD has treated their children that attend or have attended NBISD schools. With the position open in District 2, he felt it was time to offer his experience and efforts by giving back to NBISD as a trustee. He and his wife, Gena, have three children - one NBHS graduate and two attending NBISD schools.


District 4 Candidate (unopposed)

Matthew Sargent is a Project Manager for a small construction company and has been a resident of NBISD for nearly 10 years. He has a degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech. He currently serves as a volunteer with the Walnut Springs Elementary Robotics Club and Competitive Robot Team (FLL). This is his fourth year coaching an FLL team and his first year coaching an NBISD team.

He decided to run for school board to make a difference and help improve education. He felt that being on the school board was the best way to assist the community and the students of NBISD. As a trustee, he wants NBISD to continue its path of excellence. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children - three NBISD students and one incoming-kindergartner.