AMCHS Tiger Tales

April 2016

From the Principal's Desk

Hello Tiger Parents,

The spring semester is well underway at A&M Consolidated High School, and it is hard to believe that summer is near. The students, staff, and teachers eagerly anticipate an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate the heart, mind, and spirit.

During the last six weeks, our students have continued to perform at remarkable levels. Several organizations have students who will be competing at the regional or state level in May which includes the following organizations:

· Three Business Professionals of America students advanced to compete at the national level in May.

· Four Health Occupations of America students advanced to compete at the national level, too.

· Four students placed in the top 10 in one or more categories at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association.

· Several students placed at the Houston Livestock Show and have earned thousands of dollars in scholarships.

· Advanced Biotechnology has been invited to preset their work in 2016 AAI Annual Conference.

· One of our students advanced to participate in the International Science Fair in May.

· A&M Consolidated High School Science Olympiad Team placed first in the Lone Star College - University Park Regional and earned the right to advance to the state tournament.

· Six students qualified for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America state competition.

· Seventeen students in UIL Academics students alongside 11 speech students qualified for regional competition.

Athletically, our spring sports have been competitive in district play. Tiger Soccer earned the District 18-5A Championship and competed in the Area game last Tuesday. Lady Tiger Soccer is competing well, too. They will be playing in the regional tourney for the first time in five years. Tiger Tennis and our Tiger Track programs are performing well, too. Moreover, Lady Tiger Powerlifting had two students who respectively earned third and fourth place at the state level, and a Tiger Powerlifter who participated at the state meet, too.

Numerous students in our fine arts programs have earned superior ratings in both concert and sight-reading to win sweepstakes trophies. AMCHS Choir and Tiger Band are preparing for their UIL Solo & Ensemble contests in the spring. Our drill team, the Bengal Belles, has performed and received first place in several categories specifically Team Grand Champions. Moreover, our Speech and Debate team qualified seven students to compete at the national level in the summer. Moreover, seven students will be competed in the Visual Art Scholastic Event at the state level in April. This is a testament to the committed students at AMCHS who exemplify dedication, hard work, and excellence.

Our students and staff are working to prepare for a busy spring semester of EOC and AP testing. As we examine our data, we will make adjustments, offer support, and adequately plan to ensure all students are given opportunities to be successful. We will continue our focus on a high quality education at AMCHS and provide a safe learning environment for all students.

As we plan for the next school year, we look forward to embracing our entire student body from our incoming freshmen to our seniors as they embark upon a new chapter in their lives. To help prepare for scheduling next year, I would encourage you to visit with our counseling office to ensure the correct classes are scheduled for your son or daughter. Please spend time with our counselors as we work together to ensure your child is in the appropriate courses to meet his or her needs and future goals. Any changes to your child’s course requests are due by June 10th.

We appreciate your involvement and commitment to AMCHS. We understand that direct parental involvement positively impacts learning, and we are committed to strengthening our relationship with you. Our entire staff appreciates each of you and your willingness to nurture our students and help mold them to become productive young adults—together we will make a difference. You matter at AMCHS.

Have a Tigerrific day!

Gwen Elder, Principal

From the Counselor's Office

This is a busy and exciting time of year. Students have requested their courses for next year and have until June 10th to change their requests. Another course verification sheet for next year will go out with the 5th six weeks report cards on April 13th and the last verification will be issued with the 6th six weeks progress reports on May 4th. Parents should be watching their students’ grades to see if changes need to be made to their course requests for next year. Parents should start discussing summer school needs with their student. Summer School information will be available online in April.

Deadline for change in course request – Friday, June 10th. Please mark this on your calendar! The only changes made after this date will be those resulting from summer school course completion and coach/director lists for teams and other programs.

Tryouts for activities and applications/interviews for some courses will be occurring throughout the spring, so watch our webpage for information.

Spring testing is upon us. English 1 and English 2 End of Course Exams were on March 29th and 31st. Algebra 1, Biology, and US History EOCs will be May 3rd and 4th. AP testing will be from May 2nd to May 13th.

We will recognize our freshmen, sophomores and juniors at our Tiger Awards which will be held on May 12th at 9:00 a.m. in our high school auditorium. Students will be notified if they are being recognized and will receive an invitation to attend.

Parents of seniors, final exams for your senior student will be May 23rd through May 25th; graduation practice at 3:00 at Reed Arena on May 26th, then graduation will be on May 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Reed Arena on the A&M University campus. A&M Consolidated High School Senior Salute will be on May 17th at 9:00 a.m. in our high school auditorium. We will be honoring our seniors for their high school successes and scholarships. Seniors will be notified if they are being recognized and will receive an invitation. The students and campus staff appreciate all you do to support your child.

Anticipated dates for 2016-17 schedule pickup are:

August 8th -->12th grade schedule pickup (1-4pm)

August 9th -->11th grade schedule pickup (8:30-11:30am)/10th grade schedule pickup (1-4pm)

August 10th --> Fish camp (10am-noon) /9th grade schedule pickup (1-4pm)

(Makeup schedule pickup date has not been determined)

August 22nd --> First day of school and late pickup (7:30-9am)

Watch our webpage for announcements, scholarship opportunities and special dates that you don’t want to miss at: and be sure to “like” the “A&M Consolidated High School” Facebook page. Summer office hours will be 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-Th and 7:30 – 11:30 on Fridays.

Please visit or call (764-5510) the Counseling and Guidance office for more information or check the web site for update on coming events.

End of Course Exams & AP Testing

· May 3 – EOC Algebra 1 and US History – late arrival all non-testing students; arrival time TBD

· May 4 – EOC Biology and make up tests – late arrival all non-testing students; arrival time TBD

· May 5 – EOC make up all exams – regular bell schedule

· May 2-13 – AP Testing (registration is closed) More information can be found at

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After Prom Bash 2016

We are excited to announce that planning is underway for the Prom After Party 2016! This year’s event will be held at The Texas A&M Rec Center on Sunday morning, May 1st, immediately following the prom.

All AMCHS Juniors and Seniors and their guests are welcome - even if they don’t attend the prom. The students pay a nominal fee and all other expenses are paid for by money that is raised throughout our community. This event is only made possible by the generous support of our parents, organizations and local businesses.

Please consider donating to this worthy cause to help keep our students safe. Any size donation is appreciated. Please click!after-prom-bash/cjcs to access PTO After Party 2016 website link.

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Teacher/Staff Gifts for March - AMCHS Teachers are Picture Perfect!!

Movie Night themed package with snacks, kettle corn, butter popcorn, junior mints, peanut m&m's, $10 gift card to Cinemark.
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AMCHS FFA members win awards at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Several members of the A&M Consolidated High School FFA members recently placed in contests at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR).

The tractor technician team of Ian Tremblay, Aaron Crum and Weston Bishop placed second in the Texas State FFA Tractor Technician Contest, held in conjunction with the HLSR. The trio earned more than $10,000 worth of tools and prizes.

Individually, Tremblay was the third-place overall high-point winner, and earned the highest score of all competitors on the “components” section of the contest. Crum earned sixth place and Bishop won 10th, individually.

Tremblay also earned the high-point individual award in the wildlife judging contest to lead the AMCHS team to a sixth -place finish. Other team members were Crum, Noah Langley and Tyler Reim.

Tara De Leon won first place in her class by showing her market steer, third overall in the American steer scramble division, Reserve Champion Supreme Scrambler, and honorable mention in the year-end essay and scrapbook competitions.

Finally, Madison Griffin caught a calf in the calf scramble and earned a scholarship to purchase and raise a calf to show in next year’s HLSR.

Young Ladies Success Summit

AMCHS senior Maggie Monroe was recognized in The Eagle for her accomplishments with the Young Ladies Success Summit at Blinn College.

AMCHS Advanced Biotechnology 2015 & 2016

On December 15th, 2015 our first scientific paper went to publication in Frontiers in Immunology. As we have built our biotechnology program we have been doing work, year after year, expanding on a small project that tracks the immune response in zebrafish and how that response differs when the fish are exposed to an antigen through an injection versus a mucosal exposure. The attached picture is of my students preparing to present their work to professionals in New Orleans during the 2015 American Association of Immunologists Annual Conference. My students have been invited to present their work in Seattle, WA at the 2016 AAI Annual Conference.

AMCHS Art Students

The art department is sending 7 students to state VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event) on April 22-23. Students representing AMCHS art are:

Level 1: Leah Liu, Aimee Deng

Level 2: Rita Santoso with 2 entries, Jackson Lacey, Tatum Love, Adrianna Sneathen

Level 4: Caroline Zerbe

In addition, we have three place winners for the George Bush Presidential Library Art and Essay Contest. Rita Santoso has a first place win, Taylor Creagor has a second place win and Rachel Bernardo has a fourth place win.

Also, art club is finishing work on a mural in the music wing as well as preparing large panels to decorate for the Hispanic Forum BCS dance held in July to raise funds for scholarships.

CSISD math and science students win at state meet

4 A&M Consolidated High School students recently placed in the top 10 in one or more categories at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) State Meet.

This meet draws many of the top math and science competitors from across the state and students compete against others in their grade level and classification on four tests – number sense, calculator, mathematics, and science (biology, chemistry, and physics).

Places are awarded for the top 10 students in each grade level, and sweepstakes awards are based on the top four scores from each test. They also rank the students in each grade level (Top Gun Award) based on any places in the top 15 they accomplished. There were a total of 28 schools in the 5A division, and each grade level had from 40-60 students competing. AMCHS finished seventh in the sweepstakes competition. On the individual tests, AMCHS placed fifth in science and eighth in mathematics.

The following students placed in the top 10 in at least one area:

  • Selena Li (AMCHS) – 9th grade – Math, Science, Top Gun

  • Shiva Saravanan (AMCHS) – 9th grade – Math, Top Gun

  • Jennifer Zhan (AMCHS) – 10th grade – Number Sense

  • Brandon Zhao (AMCHS) – 11th grade – Math and Science

AMCHS students were accompanied by Science coache Yvette Mora.

News from BPA

Three BPA students advance to Nationals: Three students from A&M Consolidated High School recently advanced to the National Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference.The students earned the trip to the national conference in Boston in May by placing at the state contest in Corpus Christi.

In addition to the favorable contest results, several students received other recognitions at the event.

Nooran Riaz (AMCHS) was awarded a Torch Award at the Special Recognition Award Reception for leadership and service to her chapter and community.

Individual event national qualifiers:

  • Katie Gray, AMCHS: Fundamentals of Web Design

  • Yusha Sun, AMCHS: Java Programming

  • Steven Wang, AMCHS: C++ Programming

Individual event national alternate

  • Yanichka Ariunbold, AMCHS: Prepared Speech

  • Matthew Manley, AMCHS: Fundamental Accounting

  • David Wu, AMCHS: C++ Programming

Team event national alternate

  • Economic Research Project Team: (AMCHS) Charlie McKenzie, Patrick Sorescu, Yusha Sun, Steven Wang

  • Financial Analyst Team: (AMCHS) Lamya Elnihum, Alexander Ober, David Wu, Shelly Zhou

Open Events

Steven Wang, AMCHS: 2nd Place in Computer Programming Concepts

Several students played a part in the organization and execution of the event, also.

As the Area BPA President, Hailey Norris (AMCHS) performed many leadership duties throughout the conference, while AMCHS students Allyson Fisher, Katie Gray, Matthew Manley, Zain Marediya and Maddie Miller volunteered for various jobs at the conference earning experience in public relations, meeting planning, leadership and team building.

Terri Casto, Kathy Fisher, and Dianne Rister are BPA sponsors for AMCHS.

Orchestra Competition

The AMCHS Orchestra traveled to Dallas on April 1st to perform in the Showcase of Music. They were awarded Superior Ratings by all judges. In addition, they were rated not only Outstanding in Class but also Best Overall.

French Symposium Results

Click here for the full results:
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Science Olympiad advances to State

Our Science Olympiad team competed in our regional tournament on Saturday, placing first overall and advancing to state. We placed in the top five in every event. Students placing in the top three are listed below by event.

Air Trajectory - 3rd place - Benjamin Belov and Tian-Shu Huang
Astronomy - 1st place - Shiva Saravanan and Riva Salzman
Cell Biology - 3rd place - Yusha Sun and Sujay Shankar
Chemistry Lab - 1st place - Yusha Sun and Shlok Mohanty
Dynamic Planet - 1st place - Brandon Zhao and David Wu
Fermi Questions - 3rd place - Irene Hsieh and Tian-Shu Huang
Fossils - 1st place - Shiva Saravanan and Tian-Shu Huang
Game On - 3rd place - Ann Yue and Selena Li
Geologic Mapping - 2nd place - Brandon Zhao and David Wu
Science Word - 3rd place - Brandon Zhao and Yusha Sun
We've Got Your Number - 2nd place - Brandon Zhao and Tian-Shu Huang
Write It, Do It - 3rd place - Ann Yue and Albert Li

Also contributing to the team score but not placing in the top three was Jenny Kwon.

The Science Olympiad team is coached by John Tollett and Michelle Jedlicka.

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

Students from A&M Consolidated High School competed February 17-18 at the 2016 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival. Six students competed with the following students winning awards.

Sujay Shankar - 1st in Materials Science, winner of the Office of Naval Research Award and Best of Fair
Steven Wang - 5th in Computer Science
Avha Mohanty - 4th in Physics

Sujay Shankar qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Phoenix in May with his Best of Fair Award.

Tiger Swimming State Results

AMCHS had the strongest team-wide state meet performance in school history. The boys finished 7th overall, just 12 points away from a top 5 finish. The girls finished 3rd overall.

AMCHS Wrestling State Results

Five AMCHS wrestlers place at the state meet. Harley Coons a junior wrestling at 152 pounds won third place. Za'maia Marshall a junior wrestling at 138 pounds won fourth place. Mason Kruljac a freshman at 113 pounds took sixth place after receiving a concussion in his consolation semifinals match and had to forfeit his next match. Waylon Roosma a junior wrestling at 170 pounds took sixth place. Antonio Valadez a senior wrestling at 195 pounds also placed sixth place. Sam Beal a senior wrestling at 160 pounds did not place but went 2-2 earning a top 8 finish. Garrett George a sophomore wrestling at 106 did not place but went 1-2 getting him into the top twelve in state.

There are a 149 schools in the 5A division that have wrestling. Consol finished seventh this year.

AMCHS Girls Powerlifting Results

Regional Qualifiers for girls powerlifting traveled to Kyle Texas to compete.
Our girls placed 6th overall. We had two State Qualifiers and a Regional Record that was broken by Camryn Byrtle (198) weight class - Bench Press 185 lbs
State Qualifiers:
Camryn Byrtle
Keuna Webster (97) 3rd Shannon Gabriel
(105) 7th Nyssa Olguin
(148) 5th Abbie Altman
(165) 10th Molly Pfeiffer
(198) 2nd Camryn Byrtle
(220+) 2nd Keuna Webster
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Tigerland Yearbook

Applications to join the 2016-2017 Tigerland Yearbook staff are available in the front office and in the yearbook lab. Please see Mrs. Carraway in Room 2166 to obtain an application or if you have any questions. For more info, email

Tigerland Yearbook online sales are closed, but you can still purchase a 2016 yearbook. Bring $85 to Mrs. Carraway in the yearbook lab, Room 2166, and you will be placed on the list to receive one of our extra orders. Hurry, supplies are limited. If orders cannot be filled, money will be refunded in full. For more info, email

Update from CSISD Education Foundation

50 Men Who Can Cook Raises Over $200K

The 9th Annual 50 Men Who Can Cook event took place on Friday, February 5, 2016. With roughly 2,000 in attendance, the event raised over $200,000 for teacher grants, student scholarships and the Success 24/7 website. This signature fundraiser for the CSISD Education Foundation had 131 Celebrity Chefs, including chefs representing A&M Consolidated High School. Thanks to the team of David Raffield, Dale Williams, and Brian Cope for their Sopapilla Cheesecake, and also the team of Bart Taylor and Chauncey Lindner for their Tiger Pride BBQ “Swineapple” entree. First-time cooks, Mike Williams and Jason Pratt, served up some Devilish Hot Deviled Eggs. And Asst. Principal Omar Espitia also participated on a team with Oakwood Principal Josh Symank and EF Board Member Jeff Horak and won 1st place in the Appetizer category for their Heart & Soul Baked Potato Roll.

Thanks to the B/CS Community for all of their support and if you weren't able to make it this year, mark your calendars for next year's event, Friday, February 3, 2017. This will be the 10th annual 50 Men Who Can Cook, so you won’t want to miss it! In addition, check out our website (2016 50 Men Who Can Cook) to see a list of our sponsors and a link to pictures from the event.

Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Applications for the Education Foundation are currently closed but we received 112 applications this year. The Education Foundation will be awarding approximately 45 scholarships at our Scholarship Reception on Wednesday, May 18th.

2016 Hall of Fame

The CSISD Education Foundation sponsors the Senior Hall of Fame Banquet which will be held Wednesday, April 27th at The College Station Hilton and Conference Center. About 7% of the graduating class is selected by teachers and staff based on integrity, leadership, positive attitude and school spirit. This is one of the biggest honors a CSISD senior can receive. Honorees then select an educator that has been most influential in their academic careers and write an essay about them. Several students are selected to read their essays at the banquet. Twenty-nine students from AMCHS were notified of their selection to the 2016 Hall of Fame on March 10th.

Staff Pictures from CSISD Education Foundation's 50 Men Who Can Cook Event

2016 AMCHS Hall of Fame Nominees & Educators



Erica Branham

Matt Young

Aaron Crum

Kathy Smith

Maria de Figueiredo

Ryan Goodwyn

Tara De Leon

Karen Swann

Robin Ealy

Linda Barrs

Derrick Elder, Jr.

Michelle Aucoin

David Gan

Stefano Salerno

Ras Goodwyn

Scott Faulk

Marley Hays

Marissa Pena

Mason Hickson

Brian Cope

Peyton James

Freda Carraway

Simon Kapler

Pieter DuPlooy

Christiana Koufteros

Jill Faith

Dalton Kupferer

Randal Williamson

Allen Lambert

Julie Pye

Jenna Leland

Stuart Keogh

Ellen Li

Bart Taylor

Alexis Oaks

Kristen Keogh

Stephanie Palazzolo

Daniel Posey

Garrett Peters

Rick German

Sydney Pham

Bobbi Rodriguez

William Raffield

Michelle Williamson

Timothy Raniszeski

John Yeary

Zacchaeus Ransom

Gwen Elder

Madeline Sears

Darlene Eastman

Haley Slocum

Jennifer Kazmierski

Mary Steiner

John Tollett

Ian Tremblay

John Templeton

Annie Zhang

Mike Williams

From the Director of Communications, CSISD

Friday, April 1, 2016

CSISD board to hold boundary adjustment public forums

The College Station ISD Board of Trustees will hold two public forums to receive community feedback for the upcoming boundary adjustment committee.

The public forums are open to all College Station residents and will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 6: 6:30 p.m. - CSISD Board Room (1812 Welsh)

  • Tuesday, April 12: noon - CSISD Transportation Center (9304 Rock Prairie Road)

Community members can also provide feedback by emailing

In November 2015, CSISD voters passed a $135.9 million bond package which included the construction of Elementary School No. 10, Intermediate School No. 3 and Middle School No. 3.

The new intermediate school will open in August 2017, while the elementary school and middle school will open in August 2018.

The Board of Trustees will soon begin the process of adjusting the boundaries to accommodate the new intermediate and middle schools. The elementary attendance zones will be adjusted in 2017.

The first part of the boundary adjustment process will be to receive community input regarding what parameters, or guidelines, the Boundary Adjustment Committee (BAC) should consider when adjusting the boundaries for the intermediate schools (grades 5-6) and middle schools (grades 7-8). The Board also would like input from the community regarding whether they should direct the committee to change the high school (grades 9-12) attendance zones. Parents and school administrators will make-up the BAC and will be responsible for making attendance boundary recommendations to the Board.

Following the public forums the Board of Trustees will develop guidelines for the BAC. The committee will begin its work in April and will send a recommendation for new attendance boundaries to the Board in August or September 2016.

Intermediate No. 3 will be located adjacent to Greens Prairie Elementary on Greens Prairie Trail. Middle School No. 3 will be located close to Intermediate School No. 3 on Royder Road just north of the Royder Ridge subdivision. The site for Elementary No. 10 has not yet been determined.