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Ranger News You Can Use! December 4, 2022

Message from Mr. Wahl, Principal

Dear Parents,


This week, December 5 - 9th, will be a busy week at Smithson Valley High School. We will have plenty of concerts, plays, athletic activities, and STAAR End of Course Exam testing all throughout the week.


I wanted to let everyone know that our NJROTC Cadets are collecting toys to assist with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Collection boxes are located in the SVHS main hallway and the collection deadline has been extended to Friday, December 9th. Please consider donating a new unwrapped toy this week!


Let's have a great Ranger Week!


Michael Wahl

Principal

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The NJROTC Cadets are collecting toys to assist with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Collection boxes will be located in front of SVHS Student Services until December 9th.


https://www.toysfortots.org/images/media/Toys-For-Tots-Guard-Duty.mp4

STAAR TESTING - December 6 - 9

This week is STAAR End-of-Course exams. This is a make-up opportunity for students to take and pass one or more of the exams that is needed for graduation. These exams will be Tuesday December 6, 2022, thru Friday December 9, 2022. Students who need to test were sent notes notifying them of testing this week. More notes will be sent as reminders of when and where to report for testing. Again, this is a makeup opportunity for students who are new to Comal ISD or have not previously had the opportunity to complete the one or more of the tests to meet the graduation guidelines.


As always if you have questions, please reach out to the SVHS Testing Office at jennifer.hester@comalisd.org

FALL SEMESTER FINAL EXAMS - December 14, 15, and 16

The Fall Semester Final Exams are next week on December 14, 15, and 16. As a reminder, there are no Early Exams allowed.


December 16 is an Early Release Day and school ends at 2:30pm.

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GRADUATION 2023 - SAVE THE DATE, May 25

The Class of 2023 Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 25 @ 8pm

Ranger Stadium

SAVE THE DATE -SVHS PROM March 25, 2023

Jr/Sr Prom

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort

7:00pm - 11:00pm

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2022-23 Counselor Information

AAA - COP Anna-Marie Trotter; Annamarie.trotter@comalisd.org; phone# 830-885-1050

COQ - HAF Sara Schroeder; sara.schroeder@comalisd.org; phone# 830-885-1060

HAG - MAR Ayanna Bush; ayanna.bush@comalisd.org; phone# 830-885-1090

MAS - RIB Jasmine Wills; jasmine.wills@comalisd.org ;phone# 830-885-1072

RIC - UZZ Angel Mitchell; angel.mitchell@comalisd.org; phone# 830-885-1021

VAA - ZZ Rebecca Thornton; carolynn.thornton@comalisd.org ; phone# 830-885-1056

Community Events

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Dance Clinics Sign Up: Tryout Clinic Brushfire Link

Clinic times are 4:30-6:15PM.

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SVHS All Sports Gala - Ticket Information

SATURDAY, January 28th from 6-11pm at Western Sky


$200 Couple

$1500 RESERVED table for 10 (limited availability)


The night includes appetizers, drinks, dinner & dessert. PLUS the opportunity to bid on a variety of AWESOME items. ALL proceeds go to the SVHS Booster Club to support ALL Sports Programs 💙



https://www.outhousetickets.com/Event/m20240-SVHS_All_Sports_Gala_-_2023/

Greece

Calling all adventure seekers!


Ever wanted to see the world and experience another culture firsthand? Well now you can! I am thrilled to announce that I will be taking a group of students abroad to Greece Summer 2024 and I want you to come with me!


Talk about the educational experience of a lifetime. We’ll see famous landmarks, interact with new people and new cultures, and find a little more independence along the way.


Did you miss our information session on November 2nd? Reach out to Mrs. Dennis as soon as possible at laurissa.dennis@comalisd.org to find out how your student can be a part of this experience.

Save the Date Student Summer Job Fair

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Click on the link below to purchase your 2022-23 Yearbook from Jostens!


https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1079958/Smithson-Valley-High-School/

SVHS Clubs and Organizations Information

FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FCA Meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month at 8:15am. Now Meeting in the Auditorium!!

Cornhole Club

Join the Cornhold Remind with the code @svcorn or see Mr. O'Rourke in Room A208 for additional information.

SURE Club - Meets Every Wednesday after school - Room B120

Ping Pong Club - Meets Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm Room B202

Key Club

Next meeting on Dec 6th the 8:30 AM meeting will be held in room A 211 Mrs. Speelman’s and the 4:30 PM meeting will be in room A 204 Mrs. Shewbridge’s room. Students can turn in semester service hours form to Mrs. Speelman. The students have been active in Bingo, Fall Fest, Ramp building, Fun Run, and more. Please look for our volunteers at Walmart this holiday season and support them as they will be ringing the bells at the entrance. We also would like to promote the Kiwanis planner fundraiser as it provides scholarship funds to Comal ISD. Make sure you see google classroom for volunteer sign opprotunities. We love seeing you.

Spanish Club

Spanish Club will have their Christmas Posada on Friday, December 9th in room A103 at 8:25 a.m. Come learn some "villancicos" (Christmas carols) and make an ornament! See you then. Hasta pronto.

SVHS PTSA Information

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🍎JOIN PTSA🍎

It’s never to late to join the PTA! 🍎 Joining is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Do I have to volunteer? Absolutely not! But if you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love to have you! Regardless, your $10 membership fee goes to support the students and staff at SVHS, and your membership gives Texas PTA a greater voice when they are advocating for Texas students and families this upcoming legislative session! Join PTA today! 🍎 #joinpta #texaspta


There are 2 ways to JOIN TODAY!!

Visit the Texas PTA website : https://txpta.secure.force.com/JoinPTA


OR


1. Scan venmo image

@smithsonvalleyPTSA

2. Pay $10

3. Enter

"Name, email address- Membership”

Where do PTA funds go to in High School?

SVHS PTSA is an extremely active group on the SVHS campus. We provide scholarships for seniors, strive to fill all teacher/classroom requests, supply snacks for student events, throw monthly staff appreciation events, stock the workroom, bring food and other appreciation items for the bus drivers and custodians, participate in school programs, host the winter dance, and this year, we are hoping to bring in several interactive programs for the students.

Want to help our teachers? ✏️

Sign up to help in the workroom via the sign-up genius link below:


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EACAA2BAAFCC25-svhs

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WRESTLING

Rangers In Action

This past weekend, SVHS hosted their first ever tournament. 15 teams from Central and South Texas were in attendance. The Rangers took 1st place honors, and the Lady Rangers took 2nd as a team. Efren Arizmendez Jr. was named "outstanding wrestler".

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Upcoming Ranger Wrestling Schedule

12/7 V2 & JV Boys @ Canyon 6:30 Start

12/9-10 VB/VG @ Pieper Tournament 8:30 am Start

SWIMMING

The Rangers swim team competed at the South Zone TISCA Championship meet Friday and Saturday. The girls and boys teams both came home with 2nd place in the 5A division.
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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

December 6: English 1 - EOC Testing

December 7: Algebra 1 - EOC Testing

December 8: English 2 - EOC Testing

December 8: Legally Blonde Performance 7pm @ Auditorium

December 9: Last Day for Toys for Tots Donations

December 9: Biology - EOC Testing

December 9: Legally Blonde Performance 7pm @ Auditorium

December 10: Legally Blonde Performance 2:30pm @ Auditorium

December 10: Legally Blonde Performance 7pm @ Auditorium

December 13: Piano Concert @ Auditorium

December 14: Final Exams

December 14: Choir Concerts @ 7:00pm - Auditorium

December 15: Final Exams

December 15: Band Winter Concert @ Auditorium

December 16: Final Exams & School Ends at 2:30pm

December 19 - January 3 = Christmas Break

January 4 : Students Return to start Spring Semester

January 28: All Sports Gala Western Sky 6pm-11pm

February 4: PTSA Winter Dance - Come Glow with Us!

March 25: PROM @ JW Marriott 7:00pm

ATTENDANCE REMINDERS

Attendance Reminders:


* Walking into class 10 min late, without a pass, is an unexcused absence

* Parent / Doctor notes must be turned in within 2 days of returning to school or it will remain an unexcused absence.

* Students who accumulate 10 more absences per semester, per class, will be denied credit.


Please click on attached links for Important Attendance detailed information that was sent out earlier this week. ATTENDANCE INFORMATION - ENGLISH ; ATTENDANCE INFORMATION - SPANISH


Please stop by Student Services if you have any questions. Your student's attendance contacts are listed below:


A - HAF Norma Martinez Email Norma Martinez phone# 830-885-1087


HAG - RIB Alicia Dixon Email Alicia Dixon phone# 830-885-1004


RIC - ZZ Petra Almanza Email Petra Almanza phone# 830-885-1026

NEW PROCESS - VERIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT FORMS (VOE) NOW ONLINE!

Your student will need to request a VOE (Verification of Enrollment) form from the school if they will be going to the DMV for their Driver's License or Permit.


Please click on the link below for all of the information to request a Verification of Enrollment and follow all instructions. Please allow the Front Office 24 hours to process your VOE.


https://svhs.comalisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1206866&type=d&pREC_ID=2132465

**HOW TO RELEASE YOUR STUDENT EARLY AND MORE INFO**

SEND A NOTE TO RELEASE YOUR STUDENT: Send in a written note with your student indicating what time your student needs to leave campus and include a good contact phone number for the parent on your note.

Your student will bring in your note to the receptionist as soon as they arrive to school. The receptionist will exchange your written note for a green pass and give the green pass to your student.


FORGOT TO SEND NOTE:
If you forgot to send in a note with your student, please call us at 830-885-1000 as soon as you know your student has to leave. This will allow time for our front office staff to write a green pass and you can arrange to have your student stop by the front office to pick up their green pass during one of their passing periods during the school day.


LAST MINUTE CALL OUT: If you have a last minute or unplanned event for your student to leave school, it could take +- 30 minutes for our front office staff to process a pass (especially during 4th period lunches). We pride ourselves on our Customer Service at SVHS and we thank you in advance for your understanding that additional security measures in place also add additional time to our processes.


Please Do Not send an Email to release your student: Please do not send an email to release your student(s). The employee or employees you are emailing may be off campus, away from their desk, or unable to check their email to release your student.


4:05PM: Phone Call check outs will be cut off at 4:05pm

General Reminders

  • Our building opens at 8:25am every morning and students may go to their 1st period class upon entry to the building.
  • Front Office Phone hours are 8:15am - 4:45pm
  • Please do not order any outside food for your students during the school day, as we will not accept any outside deliveries (i.e. Pizza Deliveries, Door Dash, Grub Hub, etc).

Safety and Security

Safety and security is the #1 priority at Smithson Valley High School. Below are a few guidelines we want students to know that will help keep SVHS a safe campus:


  • Students and staff should wear their ID visibly at all times.
  • Students and staff should never prop open an exterior door.
  • Students must use designated campus entry points. Designated entry points are the front office and cafeteria in the mornings
  • Students should not let anyone in a door that is locked.
  • If students see something that is not right, please report it to an adult immediately. This can be face to face or through our Crime Stoppers app.

School Meals Pricing & Lunch Money Now Information

While the federal government’s pandemic-era waivers which granted free school meals for all students expired on June 30, 2022, free and reduced lunches will still be available for students who qualify through an application process. Parents are encouraged to complete an application to see if they qualify for free and reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year. Learn more.


Comal ISD Meal Prices for the 2022-2023 School Year

Breakfast Prices:

  • Elementary, Middle and High Schools - $1.95 (paid) $.30 (reduced)
  • Faculty/Visitor - $2.80


Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary Schools - $3.20 (paid) $0.40 (reduced)
  • Middle and High Schools - $3.40 (paid) $0.40 (reduced)
  • Faculty/Visitor - $4.05


Find more information about menus, Lunch Money Now, snack permission/restrictions, allergies and more.
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2022 - 23 Bell Schedules

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2022 - 23 Academic Calendar

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