Keeping Up with Comm Arts

~ September 11, 2023 ~

Hello Comm Arts Family and Friends!

Last week, our administration conducted assemblies in which Comm Arts behavior was introduced to new students or reviewed for current ones. As a friendly reminder, dress code issues will be addressed more rigorously now that everyone has been taught the acceptable way to be prepared to learn. Please help us by reminding your child(ren) to follow all school rules, which also includes wearing their IDs for safety purposes. Thanks so much for your support!

Tuesday, September 12th, is picture day for Seniors! Seniors, stop by Ms. De La Rosa's room (C205) for your picture times. Grades are due this Friday, September 15th, for Progress reports. Progress reports will be available on HAC on Monday, September 18th.

Our Student Council will have its first meeting on September 14th during the second half of lunch in Mr. Harris' room.

*Date Change* Picture retakes for 9th- 11th graders for the 2023-2024 school year are now tentatively scheduled for October 26th. I apologize for the miscommunication.

Campus Announcements

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Campus Technology

If you do not need a district device, parents can complete this form to opt-out (decline). Parents can also sign in to request a district device later.

Grades, Attendance & Email

Students, please check your grades, attendance, and email regularly. If you notice a discrepancy in your attendance, please inform your teacher ASAP. Also, if you are absent, please check Schoology for information about what you are missing in class. Some work can be completed at home. This will help you from feeling behind. Parents, if you can partner with us and keep an eye on attendance and grades, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please note that student remote conferencing, contact tracing, and "COVID" absences are no longer available. Students who are out must bring a parent note to receive an excused absence. For more information, refer to the COVID-19 Information page:

Online tutoring support is available. Tutors will be available for the core content as well as Spanish. Links are available in Schoology, HAC, and NISD Portal. More information is located at the bottom of the NISD page for students. Online tutoring will NOT count towards AR this year. All Attendance Recovery will need to be completed in person at Comm Arts.

National Honor Society

Students meeting GPA requirements were presented with an invitation letter to join NHS. A new member meeting was held on September 8th. Students were given an application that is due by September 15th. Please contact Mr. Rosser if you have any questions.

Bexar County Youth Voter Fest

A Celebration of Civic Engagement Non-partisan, All-inclusive, and Experiential

Saturday, September 30, 11 AM to 2 PM @ UTSA Downtown Campus

Sign Up at this link:

Voluntary student accident insurance forms were passed out to students during their student assemblies last week. If you have questions regarding this insurance, please get in touch with the number on the form. A PDF of the form is below.

Choir Events - Save the Dates

Choir Parent Meeting - September 12th, 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Choir Room

Madrigal Auditions - September 13th, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Choir Room (Open to all Choir and Music Theatre students)

Fan Pledge Fundraiser kick off - September 15th, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (Choir and Orchestra students only)

Mixed Region Choir Auditions - October 7th, all day @ Warren High School

Fall Choir Concert - October 11th, 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

Treble Region Choir Auditions - October 21st, all day @ Marshall High School

Counselors' Corner

Wise Words from Dr. Rosales & Mrs. Skidmore

The counselors will be visiting 9th grade Adv. English 1 classes on Friday, September 15th, to provide a guidance lesson. The counselors will cover the following topics - high school graduation requirements, how to monitor grades and attendance, and high school vocabulary.

If your child needs assistance with articles of clothing, please contact your child’s counselor. NISD Threads program can provide assistance.

Campus Needs Assessment - Your child will receive a Needs Assessment via email within the next two weeks in a Google form to ask about counseling services. The purpose of the Needs Assessment is to help us to identify and prioritize how to best serve our campus.

As we head to the 3rd week of school and students are settling into a school routine, it’s important for students to take preventative measures to help them stay on track by making good grades, thus reducing their stress and/or anxiety levels. One of the ways to reduce stress/anxiety is to stay organized, such as managing your time wisely, having a clean and neat area to study, away from distractions, etc... Here are some other medically reviewed tips to use to stay ahead of the game: Tips for Teens to Get and Stay Organized

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PSAT Updates

Northside ISD is hosting a College Board Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, or PSAT, on Wednesday, October 11th. The PSAT is optional this year for 10th graders. Sophomores who choose to participate must register by September 20th to participate and pay a $20 testing fee. There is a reduced fee of $10 for students who receive free or reduced lunch. All 9th and 11th graders will be registered to take the PSAT.

In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit to register. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end.

Comm Arts students will have a separate registration process from Taft High School.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Mon, Aug 28, 2023, at 8:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Thu, Sep 21, 2023 at 12:01 AM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $5 late fee.
  • Tue, Sep 26, 2023, at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
  • Tue, Sep 26, 2023 - Registrations that have not been paid for will be canceled, and exams will not be ordered.

Please contact Ms. Elizabeth Lewis,, if you have questions or concerns.

PSAT Student Guide

This is a great resource to help prep for the PSAT on October 11th.

USMA Information Night

Congressman Joaquin Castro is hosting a county wide event with the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at Westpoint at the Edgewood Theatre (402 Lance St, San Antonio, TX 78237) on Monday, September 11, 2023 from 5PM-7PM.

Representatives from the USMA admissions team will give a presentation about USMA and will also assist students in starting their admissions application with the Academy if they have not started the process. My office will be available to answer questions regarding the Congressional Nominations Process.

Our office is requesting your assistance in sharing this event with interested students. We ask that interested students who meet the above criteria please open an application with USMA and submit their name, address, and phone number to my San Antonio District office at

School Pictures & Yearbooks

9th-11th Grade Pictures

Did you take your yearbook picture during prep days? Want to order pictures? Click HERE to order your pictures online. If you missed taking your picture, LifeTouch will be back on campus on Monday, September 11th.

ENJOY 10% OFF your order!

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Senior Portraits

Seniors, if you haven't already done so, please call Prestige at (210) 691-1284 or visit our local Prestige website to set up your senior portrait session. Only pictures taken with Prestige will be in the yearbook. Please keep these things in mind:

  1. Make sure they have you as a Communications Arts student NOT Taft.
  2. Our yearbook pose is a cap and gown NOT tux and drape. Be sure that the cap and gown you are given is WHITE with a red and white tassel, and for those in NHS, our stole is blue NOT white. The yearbook pose is cap on, and you MUST BE DRESS CODE COMPLIANT. We will NOT be Photoshopping pictures.
  3. Yearbook ONLY sessions are free, but we encourage you to choose a package with a variety of outfits and poses to reflect your personality and interests.
  4. Please consider purchasing a portrait package. A percentage of each sale is returned to our yearbook account to cover the cost of printing the portraits in the yearbook.
  5. Be sure to have your pictures taken by Nov. 3rd, so you can be included in the yearbook. The sooner the better, so you have time to do retakes if you are unhappy with the first session pictures.
  6. Prestige will be on campus on Sept. 12th for those without transportation to their studio or for any yearbook pose retakes. The date is for yearbook pictures ONLY.

Yearbook 2023-2024

Comm Arts will have its own yearbook this year! Online yearbook sales are now live. The pdfs below have additional information.

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College Board

AP Exams

It's a campus expectation that all students take the AP exam for their CAHS course(s). College Board does require a fee if students need to take a late exam.


Students will sign up for the exams during their AP course(s). Northside ISD does cover the majority of the cost of the exam. Exam fees are $98, but NISD students only pay $40 per exam. For those who qualify for Free and Reduces Meals, AP exams are $20/exam. Parents/guardians need to re-apply each school year. See the pdf below for more details of payment.

The deadline to pay for exam(s) is Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.

Freshmen/Sophomores - $40

Juniors - $80

Seniors - $120

**UPDATE: This also includes AP Spanish 4. Students will take the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam on Thursday, May 16th, 2024.**

All other exams will be processed through Taft HS.

Information from Our Nurse

Verification of Enrollment (VOE)

Our Verification of Enrollment (VOE) is available digitally. Use the Google Form to request a copy. All Chromebooks, textbooks, and AP exam fees must be turned in before a VOE is issued.

School Lunch Payments

NISD is now using SchoolCafe for online lunch payments. Click the link for more information and videos on using the new system.

Communications Arts High School

Mission: Our school promotes curiosity while providing rigorous academics in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Vision: Communications Arts H.S. students will be confident, capable, communicative leaders.