NBHS announces Homecoming court, activities

2017 New Braunfels High School Homecoming Court (10th-12th graders only)


During the week of Oct. 16-20, New Braunfels High School will celebrate homecoming week in preparation for the homecoming game against East Central on Oct. 20. NBHS has announced their homecoming court and will hold dress-up days during the week. 


Homecoming Court


Ninth Grade Center Court:  Lauren Smith and James Windrow

Sophomore Duchess: Madison Cabrera

Junior Princess: Rebecca Hughes

Junior Prince: Kevin Coco-Senyszyn

Queen Candidates: Kali Dunbar, Erin Jones, Danyella Longoria, and Leila McKinnis

King Candidates: Will Cornado, Bobby Campbell, Gregory Mueller and Justin Stratemann


Homecoming Activities


Oct. 16

Home Run Monday – wear favorite jersey or uniform. Hall decorating will begin after school.


Oct. 17

Make yourself at home – pajama day


Oct. 18

Homies Day – twin day


Oct. 19

Home Away from Home – tourist attire

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. 20 - Homecoming Day

No Place Like Home – wear blue and white!

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; recognition of the senior JROTC cadets and parents; Homecoming Court Ceremony will be held during halftime following the performance by the East Central High School Band. The Jr. cheerleaders from the Oct. 14 cheer clinic will be performing with the cheerleaders during the 3rd quarter and the NBHS Class of 1987 will be in attendance for their 30th class reunion.


Photo Captions:

NBHS homecoming court: (left to right)

Back row L to R: Kevin Coco-Senyszyn (11th), Gregory Mueller (12th), Bobby Campbell (12th), Will Cornado (12th) and Justin Stratemann (12th)

Front row L to R: Rebecca Hughes (11th), Leila McKinnis (12th), Kali Dinbar (12th), Madison Cabrera (10th), Danyella Longoria (12th) and Erin Jones (12th)


NGC homecoming court: James Windrow and Lauren Smith.

2017 New Braunfels High School NGC homecoming court: James Windrow and Lauren Smith.


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NBISD students observe Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-27

Your Future is Key, so stay Drug Free - 2017 Red Ribbon Week poster designRed Ribbon Week will be observed in NBISD schools the week of Oct. 23-27. The schools have various activities scheduled for the week to create awareness about the National Red Ribbon Campaign™, a campaign that started more than 30 years ago to provide drug prevention education, advocacy and resources.


The students and staff will be participating in dress-up days with themes such as “RED-y to live a drug-free life (wear red),” “I am too bright to wear drugs (wear bright colors),” “Drugs can’t find me (wear camo),” and “Team up against drugs (wear Unicorn spirit wear).”


Some of the schools will also have assemblies and guest speakers. Comal County Deputy Smith and Canine Rocky will visit a handful of schools to speak to the students about being drug-free. This year’s national theme is “Your Future is Key, so stay Drug Free.” For more information about the annual campaign, visit http://redribbon.org/.

Students wearing orange in support of Unity Day, pledge to end bullying

2017 Unity Day slide and logo

NBISD students and employees are encouraged to participate in Unity Day on Oct. 25 by wearing the color orange to school and work in observance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.


Unity Day, celebrated each October, follows the motto “Together Against Bullying. United for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion” and is sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp).


“Orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, executive director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending a unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.”


Several NBISD schools will hold pledge drives for the students to allow them to show their stance against bullying. The secondary schools will also coordinate efforts with their pledge to support Rachel’s Challenge, a national outreach program implemented last year in NBISD to help generate kindness and respect in place of bullying in violence.

Free flu vaccines being offered for NBISD students on Oct. 31

Kick the Flu Logo

New Braunfels ISD has teamed up with E3 Alliance, Schoolhouse Pediatrics and Healthy Schools to offer your child a no-cost Influenza (Flu) vaccine at school. This vaccine will help keep our community flu free this school year.


Healthy Schools has made it as convenient as possible to offer this FREE service at New Braunfels ISD Schools. Your child should have brought home a consent form for the Flu vaccine with them from school.


If you would like your child to receive the vaccine, please complete the form, and have your child return it to school. Healthy Schools will take care of the rest -- and there’s no cost involved.


Nurses will be vaccinating students in New Braunfels ISD schools beginning October 31.


For more information about the program or the vaccine, visit www.healthyschoolsllc.com or call 1-800-566-0596.


To download the consent forms, click on the following links: 





NBHS Student Council hosting Can the Cougars Canned Food Drive

Can the Cougars Food Drive Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017

NBHS student council is challenging the NBISD community to “Can the Cougars” as part of their annual canned food drive to benefit the SOS Food Bank. The collection drive will be held from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2 with each NBISD campus accepting donations of canned goods and non-perishable items.


For several years, the student councils at Canyon High School and New Braunfels High School have challenged each other in a friendly competition to benefit the SOS Food Bank with this annual food drive.


“Each year we have successfully collected hundreds of pounds of food to donate to needy families in our community,” said Rebecca Villarreal, NBISD director of communications. “We are asking everyone in the community to be a part of this tradition and drop off donations at the nearest NBISD campus.”


On Nov. 2, the NBHS student council will pick up all of the donated items to be delivered and weighed.

The NBISD school that collects the most food in weight will win a visit from the Unicorn mascots – Eunice and Eugene.

Trick-or-Treat on Unicorn Street to be held Oct. 25

Trick or Treat on Unicorn Street at NBHS on Oct. 26, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to the annual NBHS Trick-or-Treat on Unicorn Street event scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the NBHS Commons Area located in the center of campus at 2551 Loop 337 N.


Come enjoy free games and trick-or- treating in a safe and fun environment. Kids and costumes are welcome! This event is sponsored by NBHS Student Council and includes several booths hosted by NBHS student organizations. This event is free and open to the public. 


Everyone is asked to please bring a canned food donation. The donation will go towards the Can the Cougars food drive.

October is National Principals' Month

National principals month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great. Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education.


Each October, the Texas Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP) seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education by securing a proclamation from the Texas governor declaring October principals month. The NBISD Board of Trustees honored all of NBISD principals and assistant principals at the Oct. 16 regular monthly meeting.


Duane Trujillo, Principal, Carl Schurz Elementary

Val Trevino, Assistant Principal, Carl Schurz Elementary

Deanna Callahan, Principal, County Line Elementary

Sandra Lindsey, Assistant Principal, County Line Elementary

Chris Russell, Principal, Klein Road Elementary

Ida Smylie, Assistant Principal, Klein Road Elementary

Danielle Taylor, Principal, Lamar Elementary

Jennifer Huffty, Assistant Principal, Lamar Elementary

Heather Salas, Principal, Lone Star Early Childhood Center

Christi Dunlap, Assistant Principal, Lone Star Early Childhood Center

Nicole Haecker, Principal, Memorial Elementary

Mark Kosmo, Assistant Principal, Memorial Elementary

Leah Droddy, Principal, Seele Elementary

Stacie Koehler, Assistant Principal, Seele Elementary

David MacRoberts, Principal, Veramendi Elementary

Kelly Spencer, Assistant Principal, Veramendi Elementary

Deborah Cary, Principal, Voss Farms Elementary

Melinda Villarreal, Assistant Principal, Voss Farms Elementary

David Lewis, Principal, Walnut Springs Elementary

Marisela Lopez, Assistant Principal, Walnut Springs Elementary

Greg Hughes, Principal, New Braunfels Middle School

John Stewart, Assistant Principal, New Braunfels Middle School

Christie Lawson, Assistant Principal, New Braunfels Middle School

Shana Behling, Principal, Oak Run Middle School

Peter Quinn, Assistant Principal, Oak Run Middle School

Jessica White, Assistant Principal, Oak Run Middle School

Jerry Clark, Principal, School of Choice

Kenneth McMullen, DAEP Campus Administrator

Jeff Lightsey, Principal, NBHS Ninth Grade Center

Wendy McMullen, Assistant Principal, NBHS Ninth Grade Center

Traci Bendele, Assistant Principal, NBHS Ninth Grade Center

Kara Bock, Principal, New Braunfels High School

Sandra Littlejohn, Assistant Principal, New Braunfels High School

Jose Falcon, Assistant Principal, New Braunfels High School

Scott Presley, Assistant Principal, New Braunfels High School

Mandy Beaird, Assistant Principal, New Braunfels High School

Early Release for elementary schools Oct. 25-27

All of the nine elementary schools along with the Lone Star Early Childhood Center will release 1 ½ hours early the afternoons of Oct. 25, 26 and 27 to allow for parent teacher conferences.


Please make note of the actual release time for your child’s campus. The buses for these schools will also drop off 1 ½ hours earlier than a normal school day. Parents are asked to plan accordingly for this change in the normal schedule.


If you would like to schedule a parent conference or have a question about the release time, please contact your child’s home campus.


All of the district’s secondary schools will operate under the same schedule and not release early these three days.


These dates were noted on the district’s 2017-2018 calendar.  To view copy of the district calendar, go to http://www.nbisd.org/page/dis.calendar.

Students ‘Rock the Day with a Healthy School Lunch”

Students and staff at Walnut Springs Elementary participate in the “80s Rock Your Style” dress-up day held on Oct. 12 as part of this year’s National School Lunch Week celebration.

Several schools in NBISD celebrated National Schools Lunch Week from Oct. 9-13 with dress-up days and the annual Bring Your Parents to Lunch event.


The students and teachers dressed-up during the suggested theme days that followed this year’s theme of “Rock the Day with a Healthy School Lunch!”


“This is a very exciting time for Child Nutrition across the United States,” said Ashley West, NBISD’s Head Chef. “Our menus that week highlighted local Texas farms with fruits and vegetables. Our pledge to participate contributes to healthier futures for Texas children and stronger Texas economies.”


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CLICK HERE to view more event photos from Walnut Springs Elementary.

FFA starts year early with wins at major stock shows

Danyella Longoria showing her award-winning animal in the sale ring at the State Fair of Texas on Oct. 5.

Several members of the New Braunfels High School’s Future Farmers of America (NBHS FFA) received top awards at some of the major stock shows held this fall across the state.


The stock show steer season started off at the Comal County Fair.  NBHS FFA took home two Grand Champions, three Reserve Champions and two Breed Champions. Emma Nowotny came away with the overall Grand Champion Steer and Grand Champion Heifer awards. Cade Waldrip received the Reserve Grand Champion Steer, Breed Champion American steer and the Breed Champion Exotic Steer awards. Danyella Longoria received the Reserve Breed Champion British Steer and the Reserve Champion American Steer awards.


The Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo held Oct. 4 -Oct. 13 also produced great results with the following NBHS FFA students receiving scholarships: Waldrip - Champion Hereford award with a $500 scholarship and Reserve Champion ABC steer award with a $250 scholarship; Longoria - Reserve Champion Simbrah award with a $250 scholarship; Cody Gilbreath - Champion Limousin award with a $500 scholarship; and Nowotny - Reserve Champion Angus Prospect Heifer award.


With 424 Market Steers entered into The State Fair of Texas held Sept. 29 – Oct. 22 in Dallas, there was more competition for the FFA students.  On Oct. 5, Longoria came away with a 1st place Market Steer award and Waldrip received a 3rd place Market Steer award. Both students were able to make the sale ring with their animals that is the overall goal of any FFA student showing animals. Nowotny also received a 1st place Jr. Angus Heifer, 5th place Jr. Angus Heifer and two 2nd Place Open Angus awards.


CAPTION:  Danyella Longoria showing her award-winning animal in the sale ring at the State Fair of Texas on Oct. 5.

NBHS students recognized for achieving top score on AP exam

Lauren Callahan, a student at NBHS, receives a yard sign for scoring a 5 on her AP exam.

More than 40 students from New Braunfels High School (NBHS) were surprised earlier this school year with a visit to their home by one of their teachers who presented them with a yard sign for scoring a 5 on their Advanced Placement (AP) exam.


Every spring, several students from NBHS take AP exams with hopes of earning college credit by scoring a 3 or higher. The students that we recognized with yard signs actually scored a 5, the highest score possible on the AP exams.


“This is evidence that the students and teachers work hard to make sure they are mastering the content taught in the AP courses,” said Kara Bock, NBHS principal. “The idea for the signs came from one of my assistant principals, Mandy Beaird, to give additional recognition to all 59 students that scored a 5 on one or more exam.”


With a handful of the students already off to college, approximately 40 students received the signs. The teachers coordinated the delivery of the signs with the parents to make sure the students were home to receive the sign and take a picture.


“Other student groups are recognized for their accomplishments throughout the community with yard signs, so why not do the same for our students with academic accomplishments,” said Beaird. “Making a 5 on any AP exam is a huge accomplishment and I felt like it was going unnoticed, so I wanted to do something for them so they could be recognized from someone other than their parents and AP teacher. I also wanted to provide an additional incentive for students to work for.”


CAPTION: Lauren Callahan receives a yard sign from NBHS for scoring a 5 on her AP exam.


CLICK HERE to view more photos of the students receiving their yard signs.

NBISD hosting PINK OUT events in October

New Braunfels HIgh School JV Cheerleaders in their PInk Out uniforms

During the month of October, the students, faculty and staff of NBISD are showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pink at various school events.


The NBHS Student Council is selling Pink Out shirts as a fundraiser to donate to either the National Breast Cancer Foundation or Susan G. Komen. The home varsity volleyball game on Oct. 6 versus Canyon was designated as the team’s Pink Out game and the Oct. 20 varsity football game against East Central has been designated as this year’s Pink Out football game.


The athletic teams and cheerleaders are also adding pink to their uniforms this month and various organizations are hosting Pink Out events.


You will also see a number of the other campuses designating a Pink Out day during October. Check with you child’s school to find out more details.


According to www.cancer.org, Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created to honor survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and to support the progress being made to defeat breast cancer. The color pink is worn to honor survivors.


CAPTION: The NBHS JV Cheerleaders in their PInk Out uniforms.

NBHS musicians earn spot in Regional Jazz Band

2017 Regional Jazz Band members from New Branfels High School

Members of the New Braunfels High School (NBHS) Mighty Unicorn Band participated in the Regional Jazz Band competition held on Sept. 16 at Johnson High School in San Antonio. A total of 16 musicians auditioned for the region jazz band with a total of six earning a spot in the ensemble and five named alternates.


The following musicians auditioned and earned the following positions:

Saxophones: Hayden Hardaway (Alto), Israel Vargas (Alto, 1st Alternate), Collin Schlather (Tenor)

Trumpet: Thomas Shafer, Josh Harrison (1st Alternate), Jimmy Lanik (2nd Alternate)

Trombones: Jason Wheat, Devin McMurtry-Badillo (1st Alternate)

Rhythm: Joseph Pickett (Piano), Lucy Muir (Piano, 1st Alternate) JT Chapman (Drumset)


“For the first time in the history of the jazz program, there will be an NBHS student in every single section of the region jazz band,” said David Eckert, NBHS band director. “This has been an unspoken goal of mine since starting the jazz program ten years ago and I couldn’t be more proud. All of the students were well prepared and represented NBHS with the utmost dignity and pride.”


Hardaway, Shafer, Wheat, Pickett and Chapman have all advanced to the Area level of competition and recorded their audition pieces this week for the All-State Jazz Band. The announcement for those that were selected for the All-State Jazz Band will be made some time in mid-November. The regional band performance is scheduled for Feb. 3 at Johnson High School.



Front row, left to right - Hayden Hardaway, Israel Vargas-Fuentes, Joshua Harrison, Thomas Shafer and James Lanik

Back row, left to right - Joseph Picket, Lucy Muir, JT Chapman, Jason Wheat and Devin McMurtry-Badillo

NBHS JROTC hosts first-ever Semper Fi-ve K on Oct. 21

The New Braunfels High School Marine Corps JROTC is hosting their first-ever Semper Fi-ve K Walk/Run on Oct. 21 at Texas Ski Ranch, located at 6700 IH-35, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. with the race start time at 7:30 a.m.


The cost to enter the race is $25 for a single registration and $20 for military, first responders, students, cadets and groups of 10 or more. The entry fee includes a t-shirt and racing bib.


Online registration is available at the following link: https://redemptionrp.raceentry.com/races/semper-fi-ve-k-walk-or-run/2017/register


All proceeds will benefit the NBHS MC JROTC Booster Club, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to support the cadets and students programs within the New Braunfels community. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Last-minute registrations will be accepted, but t-shirts may not be available with late registrations. Please contact Kyle Campbell, NBHS MCJROTC Booster President, at 210-279-5066, for more details.


CLICK HERE to download the flyer.



NBHS Cheer Clinic set for Oct. 14

The New Braunfels High School will be hosting their annual Cheer Clinic for participants in kindergarten through 8th grade on Oct. 14 from 8:45 a.m. until noon at the Oak Run Middle School Gym. The cost to participate is $40 per person and includes snacks, t-shirt, one button and free admission to the Homecoming Game on Oct. 20.


The participants will learn several cheers and chants during the morning clinic lead by the NBHS cheerleaders. They will conclude the morning with a performance for their family and friends promptly at 11:30 a.m.


All of the participants are invited to perform their clinic cheers and chants alongside the NBHS cheerleaders during the third quarter of the Homecoming Game on Oct. 20.


Parents are encouraged to fill out the registration form and medical release ahead of time. CLICK HERE to download the form. All proceeds benefit the NBHS Cheer program. Please make checks payable to NBHS Cheer.

Jr. Monoceras Clinic a huge success with more than 100 little dancers

Jr. Monoceras Dance Clinic participants perform during the parent showcase on Sept. 16, 2017, at NBHS

The New Braunfels High School dance team members hosted their annual Jr. Monoceras Dance Clinic the morning of Sept. 16 at NBHS with a record-breaking 121 little dancers in attendance.


The clinic included a morning of fun learning two dance routines. As a whole, they learned a dance routine to perform together during halftime at the Sept. 22 varsity football game. The attendees also split up into groups by age during the clinic to learn a separate routine. At the end of the clinic, the attendees hosted a showcase for their parents and performed both of the routines they learned.


During the halftime performance on Sept. 22, the clinic participants joined the dance teams on the field for the opening number at halftime.


The next dance clinic is planned for April 29 with a special public performance on May 4. All proceeds from the dance clinics benefit the NBHS dance teams. For more information, email mwylie@nbisd.org.


Jr. Monoceras Dance Clinic participants perform during the parent showcase on Sept. 16, 2017, at NBHS



TOP: The oldest group of participants (that currently attend middle school) performed for their parents during the showcase held at the end of the Jr. Monoceras Dance Clinic on Sept. 16 at NBHS.


BOTTOM: The Jr. Monoceras Dance Clinic participants perform their group number for their parents at the conclusion of the event held on Sept. 16 at NBHS.

NBISD hires Rachel Behnke as new CTE Director

Rachel Behnke, New Braunfels ISD new CTE Director as of Oct. 2, 2017

The New Braunfels ISD recently hired Rachel Behnke as the new Career and Technical (CTE) Director. Behnke most recently worked as the CTE/College & Career Readiness Coordinator for Lake Travis ISD in Austin. She began her position with NBISD on Oct. 2.


She has been an educator for the past 16 years. She began her career as a high school Family and Consumer Science teacher in Round Rock ISD for six years followed by seven years as a CTE Specialist for the Education Service Center 13 (ESC-13) in Austin. She spent the last three years working at Lake Travis ISD as the CTE/College & Career Readiness Coordinator.


She has a Master of Education degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from Texas Tech University and Principal certification from Lamar University.


In her new role at NBISD, she will oversee the district’s CTE program that encompasses all campuses. She will also help hire and evaluate all of the CTE staff and have direct oversight of the New Braunfels High School College and Career Center.


NBHS currently offers 11 Career Clusters for students that link school-based learning with the knowledge and skills required for success in the workplace.  For more information about the NBISD CTE program, CLICK HERE.