Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

Where Excellence is an Attitude!

Fine Arts Events for the Week of March 9-14

March 9, 2015

SBMS, SVMS Pre-UIL Band Concert @ SVHS- TBA

March 10, 2015

GRES 1st Grade Performance @1:30pm and 6:00pm in the GRES Cafeteria

March 12, 2015

One Act Play Clinic at SVHS

GRES- “Texas is Grand” @ 2:00 and 6:00pm

HLES 2nd Grade Performance @6:30 in the cafeteria

RCES 4th grade music program celebrating Texas@ 6:30pm

March 13, 2015

SVHS CP Nationals@ The Berry Center Houston TX

March 14, 2015

CLHS Crowd Pleasers Nationals in Houston with Emerald Dancers and First Class Ballroom

SVHS CP Nationals@ The Berry Center Houston TX

Fine Arts Quote of the Week

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Comal ISD Students Recognized at the State and National Level in PTA Reflections Contest

The Reflections Results are posted!

For the 2014-2015 Reflections program, students reflected on how “The World Would Be a Better Place If…” Out of the 1,023 entries received by Texas PTA, 30 students will be advancing to the national level for their outstanding work!

Kyle D. from Garden Ridge ES has advanced to the National Level in Music Composition!!


Several CISD students will be recognized at the State Level with an awards ceremony in Austin.

Jackson P.- TPES

Sydney R. - GRES

Noah M. - HLES

Hannah B. - SBMS

Kyle R. - SBMS

Jordan L.- SVMS

Taylor N.- SVHS

Comal ISD will also recognize students at a ceremony at SVHS on March 30.

Awesome Job!!!

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Comal ISD Participates in Big Art Day!

Big Art Day is an art happening to raise awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our communities on a BIG statewide scale. It is an attempt by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) to engage all art educators, their students and communities in a single day art event.

This year, Big Art Day was Thursday, March 5, 2015. Art was celebrated at Comal ISD campuses through displays of student works and hands on participation in creating artwork.

Pictures below are from the art displayed at HLES for their open house on Big Art Day. The art educator at HLES is Carla Shipley.

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CHS Band Triumphs at UIL Solo and Ensemble

UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest Results:

* 128 Student Participants from CHS Band in UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest

* 98 1st Division UIL Medals Earned (64 1st Division Solo Medals and 34 1st Division Ensemble Medals)

* 39 CHS Band Students Advance to UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest!!!

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CHS Piano Student Qualifies for State with UIL Piano Solo

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Cindy (Hsin) Huang participated in the UIL Piano Solo Competition at Steele HS, where she earned a first division medal with a Class One solo. She has now qualified to attend the State UIL Solo and Ensemble contest in Austin in May. Cindy is a student in the CHS Accelerated / Advanced Piano class.

Shareen Vader is the Choral Director and Piano Instructor at Canyon High School.

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The CHS Winter Guards Advance in TECA Winter Guard Competition

Canyon "A" and "B" Winter Guards both won 1st place in their divisions. The CHS "B" guard is continuing to place above "varsity" color guards from competing schools. CHS will host the TECA State Winter Guard Championships on Saturday, 3/28, where both Canyon winter guards will participate.
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Ranger Regiment Brings Home First at "Festival of Colors"

Smithson Valley’s “Ranger Regiment” Indoor Percussion program placed 1st in Scholastic Marching AA at the Madison HS “Festival of Colors” TECA (Texas Educational Colorguard Association) contest this past Saturday, February 21st. This is the second competition of the season and so far we have a 2nd and 1st place finish in our division!
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Aristocats Named Grand Champions of San Marcos Competition!

The Aristocats were named Grand Champions of the ENTIRE competition in San Marcos!

1st Place Team Jazz (Highest Scoring Dance of the competition)

1st Place Team Hip Hop

1st Place Team Contemporary

1st Place Medium Ensemble

1st Place Trio

Senior Soloist Results

1st Place Solo Finalist Caitlynne K.

1st Runner Up Daniella G.

4th runner up Hannah M.

Sammi N., Alex M., Gigi F., Kamden F.

Junior Solo Results

Natalie Y. 1st Runner Up

Alyssa L. 2nd Runner Up

Sophie M. 4th Runner Up

Artistry Award for Team Contemporary

Outstanding Performance Quality Award

Choreography Award for Jazz and Contemporary

Precision Award

Judges Award for Hip Hop

Megan Nebgen is the Aristocat Director/Dance Teacher at Canyon High School.

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CLHS Dancers Shine at MA Competition!

Emerald Dancers Officers:

1st place in Lyrical

1st place in Jazz

1st place in Modern

1st place OVERALL in the entire competition

Technique awards for Jazz and Lyrical

Choreography awards for Jazz and Lyrical

Emerald Dancers:

1st place in Open

1st place in Modern

2nd place in Jazz

3rd place in Hip Hop

4th place in Medium Division

6th place OVERALL in the competition against 30 other teams

Technique awards for all 4 dances

Choreography awards for all 4 dances

First Class Ballroom:

1st place in Contemporary/Foxtrot

1st place in Open/Swing

1st place in Modern/Tango

10th place OVERALL in the competition against 30 other teams

Choreography awards in all 3 dances

Technique awards in all 3 dances

Team II Ballroom:

2nd place in Open/Cha Cha

Choreography award in Open/ChaCha


5th place tie- Brianna R. and Megan E.

4th place- Dakota P.

1st place- Francesca C.


1st place- Francesca C., Megan E., Kylie B.

Kara Endsley is the Canyon Lake High Dance Director

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Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar

The 2014-15 Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar can be found at the Comal ISD website.

Check with campuses to confirm events as dates and times are subject to change.

Virtual Gallery

Clear Spring Elementary Students Dive Into Clay!

CSES Art Educator- Kimberly Tucker

Freiheit Elementary Students Master The Color Wheel

Kindergarten and First grade are painting rainbow flowers after learning about the color wheel.

Freiheit Art Educator- Kara Koen

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Calling All Arts Supporters!-Arts In Action Invitation- Next Meeting is April 6, 2015

It is not too late to become a member of Arts in Action

Arts in Action provides a forum for parents and community members to discuss goals for our district fine arts programs.

Our goal is to maintain current programs, manage growth, expand offerings, and foster community support to provide our fine arts students the resources they need to be successful. We would love to have you join us!

Meeting Schedule

6:00pm-7:00pm at Support Services Board Room

The last meeting of the year is April 6.

Comal ISD Ovations!

"Ovations" is a way to showcase and thank those teachers, students, administrators, community members, families, etc. that go above and beyond to support Comal ISD Fine Arts. Please email Mandy Epley at to submit your "Ovation"!


The choir students from CHS and SVMS and the band students from MVMS and CLHS who performed at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. Thank you to Gwen Graham, Jennifer Rivera, Bobby Delong, Eduardo Gonzales, Mark Watley and Joseph DeSantis and their students for excellent stage performances and solid sight-reading. You represented Comal ISD with confidence and class!

Community Connections

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The Arts In Action Committee is putting together a directory of community members and businesses that are interested in partnering with the arts in Comal ISD. If you are interested in speaking with fine arts classes at all levels about how the arts impact you and how arts skills benefit you in your profession, or if you have a business that is interested in hosting student performances, please contact Mandy Epley, Director of Fine Arts at

Comal ISD Fine Arts

If you have news, events, or celebrations you wish to have shared in this newsletter, please send an email to Mandy Epley, Director of Fine Arts at
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